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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the skin cells. Although the cancer can begin on any part of the skin, most skin cancer develops on parts of the skin exposed to the sun. Depending on the group of cells affected, a skin cancer can be called basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma.   

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is composed of three main tissue layers: the epidermis, representing the superficial layer of the skin; the dermis, the deep layer beneath the epidermis; and the hypodermis the deepest layer of the skin which lies below the dermis. Your skin contains small specialized structures such as nerves, hair, nails and various types of glands. The skin is one of the most important organs of the body. It plays several roles essential to the functioning of the organism such as: 

  • protection  
  • perception  
  • immunity
  • synthesis of vitamin D
  • storage and synthesis 
  • heat regulation 
  • And more…   

 

                                                   Skin Cancer Statistics