Skin Disorders


What are Moles Moles are small, usually dark skin growths composed of a group of cells called melanocytes. These cells make the pigment melanin. Moles are very common. The average adult has about 40 to 60 moles and other skin growths. Moles often are black, brown, or tan. They usually are no bigger than a

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Skin Cancer: Additional Sources of Information

Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on skin cancer. American Cancer Society (ACS)  Phone: (800) 227-2345 (toll-free hotline) National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cancer Information Service  Phone: (800) 4-CANCER Phone: (800) 422-6237 American Academy of Dermatology  Phone: (888) 462-3376 (toll-free)  Phone: (847) 330-0230 National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship  Phone:

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Skin Cancer: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to skin cancer. Actinic keratosis: a precancerous skin growth that occurs on sun-damaged skin often looks like a red scaly patch and feels like “sandpaper”. Basal cell carcinoma: the most common form of skin cancer that involves cells in the lower part, or base, of the epidermis, the outer layer

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The Different Types Of Skin Cancer?

There are a number of different types of skin cancers depending on the type of skin cell from which they arise. Each kind of skin cancer has its own distinctive appearance. Certain skin cancers also tend to develop in specific areas of the body. Basal cell carcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma A third type, malignant melanoma, is relatively

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