Skin Cancer
 

What Is Skin Cancer & Melanoma?
 

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. It begins on the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, and is usually caused by overexposure or regular exposure to UV light (especially in those with low levels of skin pigment), including sunlight and artificial UV light from tanning devices (i.e. beds and lamps). There are 2 main types of skin cancer:

The world’s highest incidence of Melanoma is in Australia and New Zealand (more than twice as high as in North America). This may be due to how close these countries are to the equator, their greatly-reduced ozone layer, and their population of mostly fair-skinned people.

Causes of Skin Cancer
 

The predominant cause in both types – Melanoma and Non-Melanoma cancers – is excessive or constant exposure to UV light, including sunlight and tanning devices. Below is a list of other contributing risk factors to be aware of, including but not limited to…

Risk Factors:

  • Being Male
    • Men have a higher risk than women
  • Physical Traits
    • People with fair skin, freckling, blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair, whose skin reddens, burns or freckles easily are at greater risk
  • Radiation or Chemical Exposure
  • Increasing Age
    • Especially those who have a long or repeated history of sunburns
  • Heredity / Family History
  • Severe or Long-Term Skin Inflammation
  • Certain Types and/or Large Number of Moles
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Smoking Tobacco

How We – And You – Can Help

Arizona Oncology Foundation is a program-based organization whose primary mission is to help people through cancer treatment and survivorship. We provide free services that increase the quality of life while people and their loved ones fight cancer. Specifically, we provide the non-medical supportive services that most insurance companies either don’t cover at all or not to the extent that is actually needed. We have 25 integrative and supportive services that help patients, their family members and caregivers.

If you wish to help us in our mission, please donate to this worthy cause. All accepted clothing (click HERE for an extensive list) and monetary donations are specifically used to help cancer patients, their families and caretakers by means of offering them non-medical, healthcare supportive services, financial aid services and cancer support groups, which help people through cancer treatment and survivorship as we strive to increase the quality of life of all those affected by cancer.

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