With more than 2 million cases diagnosed every year in the United States alone, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Normally, your DNA helps regulates how your skin cells grow. If that DNA is damaged, it can trigger mutations that can lead to cancerous tumors. Left untreated, these cancerous cells can spread and damage surrounding skin tissue. In the case of melanoma, it can even spread to vital organs and become life threatening.

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Skin cancer prevention involves two components: ensuring protection from the sun's harmful rays and being vigilant about early detection. In this section, you will find tips on how to best protect yourself and how to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.

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Tanning is a sign that sun damage has occurred. It is triggered by exposure to both UVA and UVB light.

UVA rays are considered the dominant tanning ray. UVA light penetrate deep into the skin and can tan skin without burning. When skin is exposed to UVA radiation, sun damage is caused. The UV radiation triggers certain cells called melanocytes produces more melanin pigment, which tries to protect your cells from further damage by absorbing UV radiation from the sun. However, as your skin gets darker and your melanocytes divide in order to form additional protection, it is a sign that damage has already occurred. Additionally, as skin darkens, it increases the risk of mutations which can lead to skin cancer.

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