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Diseases » Skin Cancer » Summary
 

What is Skin Cancer?

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin. Skin cancer is a common disease, and the incidence of skin cancer is growing ...more »

  • Skin Cancer: Cancer of the skin; the most common type of cancer.
  • Skin Cancer: a malignant neoplasm of the skin.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Skin Cancer: Introduction

Types of Skin Cancer:

Types of Skin Cancer:

Broader types of Skin Cancer:

How many people get Skin Cancer?

Incidence (annual) of Skin Cancer: more than 1 million annually (mostly the less dangerous types: basal and squamous)
Incidence Rate of Skin Cancer: approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Skin Cancer: more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. (Source: excerpt from Skin Cancer: NWHIC)
Incidence of Skin Cancer: Each year, about a million people in the United States learn that they have skin cancer . (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI)

Who gets Skin Cancer?

Patient Profile for Skin Cancer: Typically over 50.

How serious is Skin Cancer?

Prognosis of Skin Cancer: The prognosis is variable depending on the type of skin cancer. Most skin cancers have a good prognosis if they are detected and treated in a timely manner.

What causes Skin Cancer?

Causes of Skin Cancer: see causes of Skin Cancer
Risk factors for Skin Cancer: see risk factors for Skin Cancer

What are the symptoms of Skin Cancer?

Symptoms of Skin Cancer: see symptoms of Skin Cancer

Can anyone else get Skin Cancer?

Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.

Skin Cancer: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Skin Cancer.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Skin Cancer.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Skin Cancer: see treatments for Skin Cancer
Alternative treatments for Skin Cancer: see alternative treatments for Skin Cancer
Prevention of Skin Cancer: see prevention of Skin Cancer
Research for Skin Cancer: see research for Skin Cancer

Society issues for Skin Cancer


Hospitalization statistics for Skin Cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Skin Cancer:

  • 0.49% (63,037) of hospital episodes were for malignant neoplasms of skin in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultations for malignant neoplasms of skin required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of skin were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasms of skin were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital admissions for malignant neoplasms of skin required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasms of skin in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Skin Cancer:

Organs and body systems related to Skin Cancer include:

Name and Aliases of Skin Cancer

Main name of condition: Skin Cancer

Class of Condition for Skin Cancer: cancer

Other names or spellings for Skin Cancer:

skin tumor, Basal cell cancer

Acanthoma
Source - WordNet 2.1

Skin Cancer: Related Conditions

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