What Do I Need to Know About the Different Types of Skin Cancer?

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States by a pretty large margin, and it does not discriminate. It affects people of all races, genders and ages, which is why it’s absolutely critical for Americans to learn about the different types of skin cancer and how to spot them. Fortunately, most types of skin cancer are highly treatable, but early detection and diagnosis are crucial to achieving the best outcome.

For any type of skin cancer, the first line of defense is adequate protection against the sun's harmful UV rays. This consists of using high-SPF sunscreens on exposed parts of your body anytime you’re outdoors as well as wearing hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves and pants if you can tolerate the heat. These measures aren’t always successful, so you need to know how to spot abnormalities to ensure quick, efficient treatment.