In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five people will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Find out what to look for when examining your skin so you can detect skin cancer early, when it’s the easiest to treat.
Skin cancer is caused by the development and growth of abnormal skin cells. While often associated with sun exposure, there are some types of skin cancer that develop in areas normally not exposed to sunlight. Usually appearing as waxy/pearly bumps on skin, basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 80 percent of all diagnosed cases, according