Skin Cancer

A Patients’ Guide to Skin Cancer by Dr. Michael Pelster, MD, FAAD

Skin cancer is the most common human cancer.  It is thought to be more common than all other cancer types combined.  The majority of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, sun burns, and/or tanning bed exposure, typically years prior to the development of the cancer.  However, skin cancer can develop in any site, including …

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Why No One is Immune to Skin Cancer

It is a common misconception that darker skin tones are not affected by skin cancer. Though many people with darker skin tones are less susceptible to UV damage due to the greater amounts of melanin—the protective pigment that gives skin and eyes their color— they can still develop skin cancer. Certain skin cancers are caused by …

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