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Just how common is skin cancer? Well, it turns out that one in three people living with cancer have it, and the risk factor of getting it keeps increasing every year. This happens due to the damage to the ozone layer, which keeps letting in more and more UV radiation. Ten years from now, it is estimated that one in two cancers diagnosed will be the skin cancer. Too much sun exposure, along with a genetic predisposition toward cancer, can cause you to develop skin cancer. A sign that you are more vulnerable to developing skin cancer is if you have fair skin, bright-colored eyes, light-colored hair, freckles, or an increased number of moles. Like other forms of cancer, the treatment depends on what stage the cancer is in upon diagnosis.

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1. Excision

Excision is most widely used as the treatment for the first three stages of skin cancer. Since it starts as an unhealthy patch of skin, getting rid of it is not much of an issue. The doctor simply uses a rounded scalpel to cut the cancerous mass away. Though this stage of treatment is fairly simple, many are unaware of their illness until it progresses to a stage beyond the help of excision.

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