Common Skin Cancer and Melanoma Questions and Concerns

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Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in this country? Every year, over 2 million people are diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in this country. That means that one in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Below are some common questions from Phoenix residents about this kind of cancer.
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Are You at Risk – Skin Safety for Melanoma Skin Cancer

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With the summer approaching quickly here in Phoenix, there is a real need to talk about the risks of too much sun. Overexposure to sunrays have many people concerned about developing skin cancer, specifically melanoma. This type of cancer is less common but a more serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma is a malignant (or cancerous) tumor of melanocytes which produce dark pigment in the skin called melanin. If this form of cancer is not found in its early stages, the outlook for patients with melanoma is not good – nearly 75% of all deaths from skin cancer occur in melanoma patients.

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Do You Know When to See a Phoenix Doctor About That Mole?

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Knowing when to go to your Phoenix doctor is important when it comes to coughs, rashes, sprains and strains, and fevers. But here in Arizona , it’s extremely important to know when to go to your doctor and dermatologist for skin conditions such as moles. Skin cancer is a big issue, and knowing when a mole is more than just a skin discoloration is crucial to protecting yourself against melanoma. Our dermatologist, Dr. Racette , got together with the team from Family Practice Specialists to put together a list of tips, helping you to know when to see your Phoenix doctor about that mole.


What is a Mole?

Simply speaking, moles are small pigmented cells on our skin that appear in clusters or singularly. They can change in appearance over the years as your body and the overall health of your skin changes, and in most cases are perfectly harmless.
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