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Actinic Keratosis (AK), also known as Solar Keratosis, is a precancerous lesion of the epidermis (outer layer of skin) that is caused by long-term exposure to sunlight. One in six people will develop an AK in their lifetime. AKs are not life threatening as long as they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. If left untreated, aggressive AKs have the potential to progress into Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a serious type of skin cancer. Patients with multiple AKs have a lifetime risk of progression to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of 5% to 9%.

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Basel Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Not only is the most common skin cancer, but the most common of all cancers. Basel Cell Carcinoma affects nearly 1 million Americans each year. Men are affected more often than women, and generally occur in older individuals, although also occurring in young adults and even children. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed regions of the body. Although, this cancer rarely spreads (metastasizes) to other organs of the body, it can cause destruction of surrounding tissue. People with one Basel Cell Carcinoma have a greater chance of developing others. Thus, early detection and treatment are needed.

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Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer of melanocytes, the cells that produce dark protective pigment called melanin. Melanoma may affect anyone at any age and can occur anywhere on the body. Melanoma may spread (metastasize) to other organs, making it essential to treat this skin cancer early. Melanoma develops on the skin of approximately 53,600 Americans annually, with an estimated 7,400 dying from Melanoma every year.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a major type of cancer that arises from the outer epidermal layer of the skin and mucous membranes, occurring most commonly on areas exposed to the sun. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer (Basel Cell Carcinoma being the most frequent), affecting more than 100,000 Americans each year. When completely treated, the cure rate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma is greater than 95%. If untreated, Squamous Cell Carcinoma may penetrate and destroy underlying tissue. In a small percentage of cases, this tumor can spread (metastasize) to distant organs and may be fatal.

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