As defined by the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
There are various types of skin cancer and it is the most common form of cancer in the United States. If you would like to learn more about skin cancer, we recommend visiting the following sites:
The Skin Cancer Foundation – http://www.skincancer.org/
Medline Plus – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/skincancer.html