Skin Cancer

What causes skin cancer?

Research shows indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. Everyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin tone, although it is more common in those with light skin. Living in a sunny area can also increase the risk, even if you haven’t lived in that area for years. Having a lot of moles (especially atypical or dysplastic) increases the risk, as does getting a bad sunburn, especially if you have trouble tanning. If you’ve had it before, or have a family member that has it, this increases the risk. Medications or diseases which impair immune function or lots of x-ray treatments contribute. Exposure to chemicals such as arsenic, coal, or industrial tar, as well as chewing and smoking tobacco will all contribute to the risk of skin cancer.

There are 3 main types of skin cancer:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What is squamous cell carcinoma? Squamous cell carcinoma is a common type of skin cancer, with about 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. It is most frequently found on areas of the body with the most sun exposure, such as the head, neck or limbs. However, it is possible to develop […]


What is melanoma? Also called malignant melanoma, it is a kind of skin cancer which can occur in anyone, and is very likely to be cured if found early. Dermatology of Seattle recommends melanoma be treated as early as possible because it can spread quickly and be deadly. Self-examination is important, and you should look […]

Basal Cell Carcinoma

What is basal cell carcinoma? Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, forming on skin after years of sun exposure. It can occur on the neck, head, hands and face, but is possible to get anywhere. People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting this condition, especially […]