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Archive for April, 2010


Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Carcinoma Affect Almost Everyone

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here are some alarming statistics regarding skin cancer in the United States:

  • 1 out of 5 Americans will develop skin cancer within their lifetime
  • The two major forms of non-melanoma skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 40-50% of Americans age 65 and up will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once
  • In the last 30 years, the number of women under age 40 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma has doubled and the number diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma has also increased

Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are often diagnosed late because they can look like anything, e.g., a scaly spot, pimple, wart, or cyst, so it is important to have a skin exam.

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