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Skin Cancer

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In the United States, it’s estimated that only 31% of Americans use sunscreen when doing outdoor activities that expose their skin to sunrays. During these outdoor activities, such as going to the beach or hiking, it’s estimated that 42% of Americans will get minor sunburn that day. When a person receives five or more sunburns, the chance of getting skin cancer more than doubles. If individuals in the United States continue to ignore the warnings and recommended precautions of sunscreen, the amount of those diagnosed with skin cancer will increase greatly within the next decade.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States with 3.5 million people diagnosed each year. This number is higher than the combined amount of those diagnosed with colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancer a year. While in the past 3 decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other types of other cancers combined.
The death toll for skin cancer is surprisingly low, compared to the large amount of people diagnosed every year. It’s estimated that 30,000 that are diagnosed with skin cancer will not survive, though scientists believe that the death rate will increase over the next decade.
The most common reason for death from skin cancer is the tumors not being found until the cancer was in late stages of development. If the cancer is discovered early, it’s easily treatable. If the cancer is discovered late, the tumors may have formed in other parts of the body besides the surface of the skin and causes the cancer to be more aggressive and deadly.
There are 3 main types of skin cancer including Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Other...

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