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Avoid Unnecessary Medical Tests That Involve Exposure to Radiation

Originally published January 6, 2011; Updated November 28, 2012 A  study funded by the National Institute of Aging and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that 66% of Americans underwent medical testing involving exposure to radiation . . . → Read More: Avoid Unnecessary Medical Tests That Involve Exposure to Radiation

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Coffee May Lower Risk of Basal Cell Skin Cancer, New Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at Harvard suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee could lower your risk of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer. The study also found that drinking caffeinated tea or . . . → Read More: Coffee May Lower Risk of Basal Cell Skin Cancer, New Study Suggests

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Harvard Guide to Women's Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, A Guide to Women’s Health: Fifty and Forward, presents a basic overview of the changes in major health risks that women face as they age, and focuses particularly on lifestyle changes that . . . → Read More: Harvard Guide to Women’s Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

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Don't Fry Day - May 25 - Focuses on Sun Safety & Preventing Skin Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday that the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day (May 25) as “Don’t Fry Day,” and FDA is participating in this national campaign . . . → Read More: Don’t Fry Day – May 25 – Focuses on Sun Safety & Preventing Skin Cancer

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Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer

A new study led by scientists at Stanford has found that a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of calcium plus 400 IU of vitamin D3 lowered the risk of getting melanoma by 57% in women with a history of . . . → Read More: Calcium + Vitamin D Reduced Melanoma Risk by 57% in Women with History of Other Skin Cancer

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Screening for Melanoma Found Most Effective in Patients 50 Years or Older

June, 2011 issue of the Archives of Dermatology, a Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded: “Screening and surveillance efforts should focus on patients 50 years or older and those with a personal history of skin cancer or a . . . → Read More: Screening for Melanoma Found Most Effective in Patients 50 Years or Older

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Good news about broccoli in your diet and reducing the risk of cancer!

First the bad news. Researches found one would have to eat 2 lbs of broccoli a week to reduce the risk of cancer by 50%! In 1992, scientists from John Hopkins found a phyto-chemical in broccoli which reduces the . . . → Read More: Good news about broccoli in your diet and reducing the risk of cancer!

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Preventing millions of cancers with simple life changes

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) estimates that about a third of all common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthier . . . → Read More: Preventing millions of cancers with simple life changes

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Mayo Clinic Slide show: Melanoma pictures to help identify skin cancer

To help identify when a mole or skin discoloration may be of concern, see this slide show by the Mayo Clinic. If you have any questions or doubt, see your doctor. Most skin melanomas can be cured, and the . . . → Read More: Mayo Clinic Slide show: Melanoma pictures to help identify skin cancer

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Support for Caregivers: When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 52 page booklet with advice for caregivers of cancer patients.

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Support for Cancer Caregivers: Caring for the Caregiver

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 11 page booklet with basic advice for caregivers of cancer patients.  Focuses on cancer generally, as opposed to skin cancer, but contains valuable self-care tips . . . → Read More: Support for Cancer Caregivers: Caring for the Caregiver

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Skin Cancer: Caregiver Guide

AOL Health.  Guide for caregivers of skin cancer patients, on treatments, diagnosis and prevention, with links to more tools and resources. >>View Info

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Support and Resources

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Links to multiple resources useful to caregivers for cancer patients, including sources of general support information, support organizations, information on finances and insurance, hospice care, . . . → Read More: Support and Resources

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Skin (Pressure) Sores

American Cancer Society.  A guide for the caregiver of a cancer patient regarding how to recognize and prevent skin (pressure) sores, which are a common problem for elderly who are bedridden, for example, after surgery Read more….

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Skin Color Changes

American Cancer Society.  A guide for the caregiver of a cancer patient regarding what to look for in skin color changes, what they can mean, and what the patient and the caregiver can do. >>View Info

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Resources – Skin Disease Organizations

Cleveland Clinic.  List of organizations that provide information and resources on skin diseases and skin cancer, provided as part of Cleveland Clinic’s overall discussion of skin cancer. >>View Info

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Actinic keratosis

MayoClinic.com.  Useful information for the caregiver on actinic keratosis (rough scaly patches on the skin, also called solar keratosis), which are caused by exposure to the sun, take years to develop, and usually first appear in older adults.  These . . . → Read More: Actinic keratosis

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Skin Cancer Treatment

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Provides information about skin cancers, and lists and describes the treatment options for basal cell carcinoma and for squamous cell carcinoma, the nonmelanoma skin cancers, including: Mohs micrographic surgery. Simple excision. Electrodesiccation . . . → Read More: Skin Cancer Treatment

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Melanoma Treatment

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Detailed explanation of melanoma, its stages and treatment options, including: · The four standard types of treatment used: Surgery Chemotherapy Radiation therapy Biologic therapy · New types of treatment being tested in . . . → Read More: Melanoma Treatment

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Treating Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Explains the different treatment options for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. >>view Info

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Treating Melanoma

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Discusses in detail the different treatment options for melanoma, depending on its stage, including surgery, lymph node dissection, mohs micrographic surgery,  chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and radiation. >>View info

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Cryotherapy

DermNet NZ, a website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society.  Provides good information on cryotherapy, a preferred treatment for small and superficial nonmalignant moles or for basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas (sometimes called Bowen’s Disease).  Cryotherapy refers to . . . → Read More: Cryotherapy

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Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Factsheet explaining the technique of cryosurgery, involving the freezing and killing of abnormal cells by the application or liquid nitrogen or argon gas.  Cryosurgery involves more extensive and deeper penetration and freezing . . . → Read More: Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment: Questions and Answers

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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

The Skin Cancer Foundation.  Basic description of this preferred treatment of most basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.  “Mohs micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and is the treatment of choice . . . → Read More: Mohs Micrographic Surgery

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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

by Maureen Mooney, MD, Consulting Staff, Department of Dermatology, Cascade Eye and Skin Centers, eMedicine from WebbMD, February 21, 2007.   More detailed medical paper describing and explaining the surgical techniques involved in this preferred surgical treatment for basal cell . . . → Read More: Mohs Micrographic Surgery

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Treatment of invasive squamous cell carcinoma with 5-percent imiquimod cream

Dermatology Online Journal 12 (3): 10, Abstract of study by the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, LL57 2PW, UK.  “Skin cancer is a major problem in the elderly. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most . . . → Read More: Treatment of invasive squamous cell carcinoma with 5-percent imiquimod cream

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Chemotherapy: What Every Patient Should Know

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  “ Chemotherapy is the use of cancer-fighting medications to stop the growth of malignant cells. It works by either killing the cells or preventing them from dividing. When treating skin cancer, . . . → Read More: Chemotherapy: What Every Patient Should Know

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Radiation Therapy for Cancer: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Factsheet on radiation therapy, which uses ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.  About half of cancer patients are treated with some form of radiation therapy, either alone or combined . . . → Read More: Radiation Therapy for Cancer: Questions and Answers

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Biological Therapies for Cancer: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Factsheet on biological therapies, which use the body’s immune system to fight cancer or to lessen the side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments >> View Info

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Lasers in Cancer Treatment: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Factsheet on laser light, which is a light of such high intensity and narrow beam that it can be used to do precise surgery to remove cancer or precancerous growths or to . . . → Read More: Lasers in Cancer Treatment: Questions and Answers

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Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer: Questions and Answers

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.  Factsheet on photodynamic therapy, which  combines a drug (called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent) with a specific type of light to kill cancer cells. >> View Info

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Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

American Cancer Society.  While skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer, with over 1,000,000 diagnosed cases in the U.S. each year, the good news is that it usually can be prevented by avoiding exposure to bad ultraviolet . . . → Read More: Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

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Facts About Sunscreens from the American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology explains some common myths and facts about sun exposure, sunscreen and vitamin D. The article includes information about sunscreens and debunks the myth that all sunscreens are equal, and other myths about sunscreens. Excessive exposure . . . → Read More: Facts About Sunscreens from the American Academy of Dermatology

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Prevention – A Better Cancer-Fighting Sunscreen

Cleveland Clinic.  Describes Anthelios, a new and better sunscreen approved by the FDA, which for the first time protects against not only the UVA sun rays, but also the deeper penetrating UVB untraviolet sun rays.  Explains the quantities that . . . → Read More: Prevention – A Better Cancer-Fighting Sunscreen

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Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Quick Guide to Healthy Living, HealthFinder.gov, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Overview of the basics, the benefits, and action steps to protect your skin from the sun, which is the best way to prevent skin cancer. >>View . . . → Read More: Protect Your Skin from the Sun

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Can Melanoma be prevented?

American Cancer Society.  How to protect yourself and your loved ones from risks of skin cancer by limiting ultraviolet light exposure, both from the sun and from other sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps.  Also mentions that . . . → Read More: Can Melanoma be prevented?

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Who is Most at Risk for Melanoma?

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Describes the risk factors that pre-dispose one to melanoma, including primarily exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds, genetic factors (if a direct relative has had melanoma, or . . . → Read More: Who is Most at Risk for Melanoma?

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Atypical Moles: How to Recognize

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Describes and explains, with pictures, how to recognize the type of atypical (or asymmetrical) moles that may indicate the presence of a skin cancer.  Any atypical moles should be examined by . . . → Read More: Atypical Moles: How to Recognize

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Body Mole Map

American Academy of Dermatology.  Skin cancer self-examination chart, showing the “ABCD’s of Melanoma.”  Self examination and early detection and treatment is key to prevention of the spread of skin cancer. >>View Info

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Choices for Good Health; Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention

Pamphlet by the American Cancer Society.In order to help reduce risks of cancer, recommends (1) maintain a healthy weight throughout life, (2) exercise and adopt a physically active lifestyle, (3) eat a healthy diet, rich in plant sources, and . . . → Read More: Choices for Good Health; Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention

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Skin Cancer Prevention and Education Initiative

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Institutes of Health.  Statistics about skin cancer, and programs for prevention. >> View Info

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Treatment – Skin Cancer: Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, Malignant Melanoma

Cleveland Clinic.  Describes and pictures the three major types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, and explains the signs and symptoms of each, how each is diagnosed, and when you should be examined by . . . → Read More: Treatment – Skin Cancer: Basal Cell, Squamous Cell, Malignant Melanoma

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Biopsy: What to Expect

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Explains what is involved in diagnosing skin cancer.  “The only way to confirm or exclude the presence of skin cancer is with a biopsy. A biopsy is a diagnostic procedure that . . . → Read More: Biopsy: What to Expect

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How Is Squamous and Basal Cell Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

American Cancer Society.  Describes the signs and symptoms and different types of biopsies used to diagnose squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma. >>View Info

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How Is Squamous and Basal Cell Skin Cancer Staged?

American Cancer Society.  Describes the The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM System of staging cancers.  Staging is the process of finding out and classifying how far a cancer has spread.  This is part of the diagnosis, although . . . → Read More: How Is Squamous and Basal Cell Skin Cancer Staged?

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Skin Examinations

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Explains how to perform a skin self-examination for skin cancer, and also generally what is involved in an examination by a dermatologist. >>View Info

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How Is Melanoma Diagnosed?

American Cancer Society.  Describes the procedures used to diagnose melanoma, including the physical exam with medical history, the different types of biopsies used to diagnose melanoma, and imaging tests used to determine how far the cancer may have spread. . . . → Read More: How Is Melanoma Diagnosed?

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Staging: The First Step in Treating Skin Cancer

SkinCancerNet, website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  When skin cancer is diagnosed, the first thing the dermatologist must find out is how far it has spread.  This is staging.  This website page explains the process for staging.  With . . . → Read More: Staging: The First Step in Treating Skin Cancer

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What you Need to Know About Moles and Moles and Dysplastic Nevi

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  25 page booklet with comprehensive information on common moles and dysplastic nevi (atypical moles).  Shows what moles look like and how they may be related . . . → Read More: What you Need to Know About Moles and Moles and Dysplastic Nevi

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Skin Cancer

Medical Encyclopedia by MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Start here for an introduction to skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and most prevalent after the age of 40 or . . . → Read More: Skin Cancer

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What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  46 page booklet with comprehensive information on basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  Includes discussion of the medical causes and characteristics of these skin . . . → Read More: What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

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Skin Cancer

MayoClinic.com.  Basic information on skin cancer, its symptoms, types, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention. >>View Info

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Skin Cancer – NIH Senior Health

a tutorial on skin cancer by the National Institutes of Health, Senior Health.  Defines the three major types of skin cancer (basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma), which become more common with age, and discusses the causes and risk . . . → Read More: Skin Cancer – NIH Senior Health

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What You Need to Know About Melanoma

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  53 page booklet with comprehensive information on melanoma.  Includes discussion of the medical causes and characteristics of melanoma, who is at risk,  signs and symptoms, . . . → Read More: What You Need to Know About Melanoma

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What is Skin Cancer?

Website of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Provides comprehensive information on the three major types of skin cancer, which account for nearly 100% of all diagnosed cases: (1) basal cell carcinoma, (2) squamous cell carcinoma, and (3) melanoma.   Includes . . . → Read More: What is Skin Cancer?

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What you Need to Know About Moles and Dysplastic Nevi

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  25 page booklet with comprehensive information on common moles and dysplastic nevi (atypical moles).  Shows what moles look like and how they may be related . . . → Read More: What you Need to Know About Moles and Dysplastic Nevi

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Skin Cancer

Website of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Contains links to detailed information on basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, including its definition, statistical prevalence, treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, . . . → Read More: Skin Cancer

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Melanoma

Website of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Contains links to detailed information on melanoma skin cancer, including its definition, statistical prevalence, treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, screening and testing, clinical . . . → Read More: Melanoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

DermNet NZ, a website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society.  Provides very good information on the characteristics and appearance (including multiple images) of the different types of basal cell carcinoma, and the types of treatments used.  Potential treatments include . . . → Read More: Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Medical Encyclopedia by MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Provides basic information on basal cell carcinoma, its medical definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, prevention, and when to contact a medical professional.   Basal . . . → Read More: Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

MayoClinic.com.  Basic medical information on basal cell skin cancer, and its symptoms, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, tests and diagnosis, complications, treatments, and prevention. >>View Info

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Skin Cancer Foundation.  Facts about basal cell carcinoma, its causes, warning signs and treatments. >>View Info

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Basal Cell Skin Cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma)

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Information Library.  Basic information on basal cell carcinoma, and its symptoms, prevention, treatment, when to call your doctor, and prognosis. >>View Info

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

by Robert S Bader, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Hahnemann Hospital, eMedicine from WebbMD, August 7, 2008.  Medical article on basal cell carcinoma with detailed discussion on its medical characteristics, history of typical development, clinical presentation, causes, . . . → Read More: Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

MedlinePlus, the Medical Encyclopedia provided by the National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health, provides basic information on squamous cell carcinoma — incluiding its medical definition, causes, risks, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.  Squamous cell carcinoma is . . . → Read More: Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

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Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin

DermNet NZ, a website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society.  Provides very good information on the characteristics, causes and appearance (including multiple images) of the different types of squamous cell carcinoma, and the types of treatments used.  Potential treatments . . . → Read More: Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

MayoClinic.com. Basic medical information on squamous cell skin cancer, and its symptoms, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, diagnosis, complications, treatments, and prevention. >>View Info

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Skin Cancer Foundation.  Facts about squamous cell carcinoma, its causes, warning signs and treatments. >>View Info>

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

by Stephen D Hess, MD, PhD, Dermatology Resident, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Health Center, eMedicine from WebbMD, June 1, 2006.  Medical article on squamous cell carcinoma with detailed discussion on its risk factors, incidence and frequency in . . . → Read More: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Elderly Patients

Report of scientific study by the American Medical Association.  “Conclusions: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in elderly patients did not seem to have a significantly different outcome when compared with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma  ccurring in . . . → Read More: Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Elderly Patients

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

American Academy of Dermatology.  Basic information on squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer.  More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, and middle aged and elderly people are most likely to be affected.  Discussion . . . → Read More: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Melanoma

DermNet NZ, a website of the New Zealand Dermatological Society.  Provides very good information on the characteristics and appearance (including multiple images) of the different types of malignant melanoma, as well as information on how melanomas grow, where you . . . → Read More: Melanoma

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Melanoma

Medical Encyclopedia by MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Provides basic information on melanoma skin cancer, its medical definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, possible complications, prevention, and  when to contact a medical . . . → Read More: Melanoma

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Melanoma

MayoClinic.com.  Basic medical information on melanoma skin cancer, and its medical definitions, symptoms, causes, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, tests and diagnosis, treatments, and prevention. >>View Info

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Melanoma

Skin Cancer Foundation. Facts about melanoma skin cancer, its causes, warning signs and treatments. >>View Info

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Melanoma (Mole Cancer)

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Information Library. Basic information on melanoma skin cancer, what is is, its symptoms, prevention, treatment, when to call your doctor, and prognosis. >>View Info

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Malignant Melanoma

by Susan M Swetter, MD, Director, Pigmented Lesion and Cutaneous Melanoma Clinic, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Stanford University Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care, eMedicine from WebbMD, January 23, 2008. Medical article on malignant melanoma with . . . → Read More: Malignant Melanoma

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