Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin. The skin is the body's largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has several layers, but the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer). Skin cancer begins in the epidermis, which is made up of 3 kinds of cells: Squamous cells: Thin, flat cells that form the top layer of the epidermis. Basal cells: Round cells under the squamous cells. Melanocytes: Found in the lower part of the epidermis, these cells make melanin, the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes make more pigment, causing the skin to tan, or darken.


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... Treatments vary for skin cancers and precancerous skin lesions known as actinic keratoses, which may occur on sun-damaged skin. Treatments depend on the size, type, depth and location of a lesion or l...
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