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Skin-Cancer

Overview

An overview of skin cancer, its types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer.

Types of skin cancer

Exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. The types include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Diagnosing skin cancer

If you have a change on the skin, your doctor must find out whether it's due to cancer or to some other cause. Find out what to expect.

Preventing skin cancer

There's no getting away from it. You need to cover up when you go outside, even when it's cloudy. Here's what else you should know about preventing skin cancer.

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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst. For more information, visit cansa.org.za.

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