Fact or Fiction: Skin Cancer

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Basal cell and squamous cell are the most common types of skin cancer.

Ninety-five percent of skin cancers are basal cell and squamous cell -- which, fortunately, are highly curable.

Supermelanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.

Melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer -- it causes 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.

A melanoma will usually grow out of an existing birthmark or mole.

It's more common for a melanoma to grow on unmarked skin.

Melanomas can grow everywhere on your body except the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.

Wrong. Melanomas can show up absolutely anywhere on your body.

Normal moles don't ooze, change color or bleed, but melanomas do.

If you have a mole that's doing any of these things, chances are it's a melanoma.

The most common place for a melanoma to grow on a man is the ears.

Men tend to get melanomas on their upper backs.

Women tend to find melanomas on their legs.

The most common spot for melanomas in females of all ages is the legs.

The most common treatment for melanomas is radiation.

Actually, your doctor will probably recommend surgery for a melanoma if the cancer hasn't spread.

Ultraviolet light from the sun causes skin cancer, but I won't damage my skin at all in a tanning bed.

UV light from tanning beds is just as damaging as UV light from the sun.

Experts believe that the sun causes most melanomas.

The general expert consensus is that 65 percent of melanomas are caused by the sun. It's certainly the risk factor that you have the most control over, in any case.

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Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. In fact, experts estimate that 1 in 50 people will have melanoma by 2010. So do yourself a favor and bone up on the facts.

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