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Skin Cancer - One of the Most Deadly Types of Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer. While it is true that almost all types of cancers prove fatal in more cases than not, skin cancer is considered one of the most dangerous of all types of cancers with a fatality rate which is higher than most of the others. Among types of skin cancer, melanoma is considered the deadliest and is the third most common type of skin cancer. One of the reasons why melanoma is so common is because it is caused by extreme exposure to the sun. This is one of the reasons why dermatologists warn against the dangers of burnt skin

One of the things that needs to be understood about melanoma in particular and skin and other types of cancer in general is that the best chance that a person has of staying alive after cancer cells become active in the body is their early detection. There have been enough medical breakthroughs in medicinal science that cancer has now become treatable. The only caveat is that the treatments only work properly and ensure long-term success if the cancer is detected at an early stage. The same goes for melanoma which is the deadliest type of skin cancer. If melanoma is detected and diagnosed at an early stage, the chances of survival remain very high. 

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How to check if moles are cancerous

Some Interesting Facts About Cancer

Cancer has proven itself as probably the most disruptive disease in the world. Cancer proves fatal in many cases and even in cases where the patient survives; the treatment is so rigorous that it has a long lasting impact on the person’s health. Cancer is of many types and each type of cancer has its own set of symptoms and indications. Breakthroughs in medicinal sciences has helped in making different types of cancers curable if they are diagnosed early and the only way for cancers to be diagnosed early is for the people to know about the symptoms each type of cancer shows.

The most common type of cancer in the US is skin cancer with a startling revelation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that if the recent trends related to skin cancer continue, 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the near future. The only good thing about skin cancer is that not all of its types are fatal. Melanoma is considered the most fatal of all skin cancer types and it is the third most common type of skin cancer. Around 10,000 people die in the US from melanoma every year with close to 70,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed. 

The thing to understand here is that regardless of the type of skin cancer, it is treatable if it is caught early. Melanoma is no different and can be treated properly if the cancer is caught at an early stage. It’s just about keeping a tab on your body to know if your body is sending a signal that melanoma’s cancerous cells are active in the body or not. The body gives warning signs at all times but people don’t go to the doctor fast enough since they don’t know about the warning signs and thus, miss out on them.  Read More...

Five Signs of Dangerous Skin Moles

Some moles are harmless and actually become a part of you. They don’t mean much and as long as you keep the sunscreen up, and don’t go and lie in a tanning bed, things are fine. Please, don’t go and use a tanning bed, you will end up with skin cancer if you do. We all know that this is the last thing that you want, right? However there are also dangerous skin moles and you need to be able to know how to spot them without going to the doctor. In order to help you with this, here are five signs that a skin mole should be checked out in more detail. Keep reading to find out more!

Colour Changes

The first indication that a mole could potentially be cancerous is a significant change in colour. If you see this, or any patches around the mole, head to your doctor. Read More...

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Cancer - The Deadliest Disease of the 21st Century

Cancer has turned out to be the deadliest disease of the 21st Century with its menacing types striking fear into the hearts of people all around the world. Even though research has ensured breakthroughs in the field of medicinal science to the extent that cancer is not untreatable anymore, people often think about their grave when they get a diagnosis of cancer. This is because cancer has been responsible for so many deaths that anyone who even finds himself/herself at risk of cancer lives his/her life in great fear. 

There are a lot of types of cancers with each having its own deadly track-record. Whether it is lung cancer or pancreatic cancer, breast cancer or testicular cancer, skin cancer or liver cancer, each type of cancer and their sub-types take so many lives every year. Nobody is really safe from cancer as even after taking a great deal of precautions in your everyday life, your chances of avoiding a cancer type would be only minimally different from any other person.

Since the scope of this post is limited to skin cancer, skin cancer would be discussed in detail here.  Read More...

How to Do Self Examination for Skin Cancer

Early Detection of Skin Cancer Beneficial

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer with people with fairer skin at a higher risk of falling prey to the disease. Skin cancer is similar to other types of cancer in the sense that if it is diagnosed and caught early, its treatment often bears fruit while if it isn’t, the treatment has a major chance of proving futile. Skin cancer is different to other types of cancer in the sense that while other types of cancer don’t give any ‘visible’ indications of being present in the body, there are significant ‘visible’ symptoms which warn about the development of cancerous cells in the body. 

The statistics about skin cancer reveal a lot about the disease. For starters, it is said that treatment is successful in elimination of the cancer in about 98% of the cases of skin cancer which are diagnosed early. On the other hand, the success rates plummet drastically in cases where the skin cancer has spread to other parts of the body (diagnosed at a very late stage). The success rates for treatment in such cases are around 17-18% only. This shows that early diagnosis is the key as far as treatment of skin cancer is concerned. Read More...

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Skin cancer is on the Rise!

More and more hospitals are seeing a rapid increase in skin cancer patients. Over the past 5 years there has been an increase of patients admitted to hospitals for treatment of nearly 33%. It is a fact that the most risky form of skin cancer - malignant melanoma - and other skin cancers are on the rise. In general, skin cancer is a form of cancer that is largely avoidable by limiting exposure to sun and factors alike. But why is there such an increase if people know how to avoid it? Experts say that trends like tanning beds are a major cause of this increase. So are holidays in extremely sunny areas without properly using sun screen. Skin cancer isn’t the most avoidable type of cancer; it is also one of the sneakiest ones. This is why everyone, especially people who are exposed to sunlight a lot, should regularly check their skin. You can so this yourself, but if you want to have more certainty you can see a dermatologist for regular skin exams.

What is skin cancer exactly?

Skin cancer is defined as an uncontrolled growth of nonstandard skin cells. It takes place when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (this is mostly caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or from tanning beds) sets off mutations, or other genetic defects, which lead skin cells to multiply quickly and consequently form malignant tumors.

What should you know when screening yourself?

Regularly checking yourself for skin cancer is a must. This is especially true if you’re out in the sun very often. But what should you be looking for and how do you know the difference between a mole and a melanoma? An easy way to tell the difference between a melanoma and a normal mole is to use the ‘ABCDE’ checklist: Read More...

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Can technology beat a human doctor?

We have all watched sci-fi movies that depict an ultra technologic future with artifficial intelligence, robots and astonishing informatics. Some people say that sci-fi is the first attempt of Humanity to look into the future. Years and years ago, Jules Verne imagined fantastic machines that could fly through the sky or navigate the depth of the ocean, and by the time those were considered to be impossible fruits of fantasy. Now, they are part of our everyday life, and nobody stops to behold then in awe anymore. 

Does this mean that, in the future, we could actually have technological solutions and artifficial intelligence that solve all of our problems? Will all human workers be replaced by machines and electronic devices? What is for sure is that nothing is for sure when it comes to the future, but Humanity has always surprised with its advancements and we see no reason why this should be any different from now on. Read More...

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The challenges of dermatology today

One of the most dangerous aspects of skin cancer is that it can start out very silently. An actual skin tumour often looks like a mole that happens to change shape for some reason, but sometimes it doesn't rise up any alarm, it doesn't call your attention or alert you about something being odd. Some tumours even go unnoticed if they aren't on an area that you often see, like at the back of your body. And this can be very dangerous because some forms of skin cancer are very aggressive and develop rapidly, even spreading throughout your body without any signs on the surface. You can stop this process if you get proper treatment, but you will never get treatment if you don't get diangosed first. Early diagnosis in aggressive skin cancer can literally draw the line between living to tale the tale and not so much so.

Few people go to a routine dermatology check, especially those who live in isolated areas or far away from a clinic or hospital that provides dermatology services. Other big challenge to the access of population to dermatological healthcare is that the public system is often overloaded, and it's very difficult to get an appointment. Even if you manage to, chances are that you will have to wait for weeks for the date to come, and as you see, time can be a crucial factor when diagnosin skin cancer. Read More...

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The revolution in medicine

Medicine is one of the oldest sciences, because people have needed healers since the beginning of time. We have come a long way since the first shamans and tribe sorcerers, and now medicine is finding cures for more and more diseases, getting better every year and developing therapeutic technology. All advancements in our sciences allow medicine to take steps forward, reach more people and successfully fight more illnesses.

Communication technologies are no exception to this new wave of technical developments that have found a place in medicine. We can exchange more and more information, faster than ever before, and we are more connected across geographical distances. This is great, because it allows more patients in remote locations or busy environments to access healthcare and medical examinations. Telemedicine has earned a place in today's practice, and it will expand more and more to include more people in healthcare programs and get them on the reach of doctors and pharmacists. Read More...

Teenage Acne That Doesnt Go Away

Acne: one of the greatest causes of self-esteem issues in teenagers today. This is a skin condition that is characterized by unsightly and (sometimes painful) blemishes. It is estimated that an average of 80% the population today have had a case of skin breakout at one point in their lives. 

Acne does not discriminate by race or gender, it occurs to everyone. However, most cases commence teenage years. While this condition cannot be prevented, it can quite effectively be treated with over-the-counter medication. However, there are those times that these pimples just won’t go away! What are your options if you have stubborn acne?

In order to come up with an effective treatment plan, you need to know what you are dealing with. Here is a brief guide on the most common types of acne. Read More...

Skin Rash in the Genital area

Every now and then, you may notice a skin rash in the genital area (or any other body part). In most cases, a skin rash is no reasonable cause for alarm. The skin might only be responding to an allergen such as an insect bite, and will mostly disappear on its own with no special treatment.

However, every once in a while, you may get a nasty genital rash that just won’t go away. Contact dermatitis and sexually transmitted infections top the list of conditions that cause genital skin rash. But there’s one condition that is mostly overlooked: candida. Read More...

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  • Early Detection of Skin Cancer
  • How to Do Self Examination for Skin Cancer
  • Dermatologist Skin Cancer Screening
  • Online Skin Specialist
  • Online dermatologist mole checking service
  • How to check if moles are cancerous
  • Five Signs of Dangerous Skin Moles
  • Skin Doctor Online
  • Teenage Acne That Doesnt Go Away
  • Skin Rash in the Genital area
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