A number (1–5) that describes how far a melanoma has penetrated into the skin.
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A mole (nevus) is a pigmented (colored) spot on the outer layer of the skin. Moles can be round, oval, flat, or raised. They can occur singly or in clusters on any part of the body. Most moles are brown,…
The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply…
A specialised surgical procedure for removing skin cancers little by little until only healthy cells remain. Also called microscopically controlled excision….
A skin-like layer of the lining of the uterus (endometrium)….
A small medical appliance installed beneath the skin. A tube called a catheter connects the port to a vein so that fluids can be passed into the body. Also called an infusaport….
The invisible part of sunlight that causes tanning, sunburn and skin damage. It is also produced by solariums, tanning lamps and sunbeds. UV radiation cannot be seen or felt….
A type of cancer that begins in the squamous cells. Squamous cells are found in several place in the body, including the top layer (epidermis) of the skin, in the main airways of the lungs, and in the cervix….
One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s top layer (epidermis). It is also a found in the outer layer of the cervix (ectocervix) and in the main airways of the lungs….
One of the three types of cells that make up the skin’s epidermis. Melanocytes produce melanin….