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Skin Cancer Pathfinder

According to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the skin. When cancer forms in cells that make pigment, it is called melanoma. When cancer forms in cells that do not make pigment it may begin in basal cells (small, round cells in the base of the outer layer of skin) or squamous cells (flat cells that form the surface of the skin). Both types of skin cancer usually occur in skin that has been exposed to sunlight, such as the skin on the face, neck, hands, and arms.

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Internet Resources Skin Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care, and clinical trials.
Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only national and international organization concerned exclusively with cancer of the skin. It is dedicated to prevention, support, education, and research.


Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. Fitzpatrick T. 2005.
Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe JL, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or at
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or at
Skin Cancer. Agnew K., et al. 2005.

Journal Articles

"Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Skin Cancer with a High Cure Rate". Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 23(7):7. July 2005.
"Here Comes the Sun, So Watch Out! You Probably Need to Use More Sunscreen--and Other Tips About Sun Protection You May Not Know". 28(8):1-2. Harvard Health Letter. June 2003.
"I Have Skin Cancer". Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 19(6):8. August 2007.
"Mayo Clinic Office Visit: Melanoma". Mayo Clinic Women's Healthsource. 10(6):7-8. June 2006.
"Women's Study Finds Vitamin E, Aspirin Not So Helpful". Anonymous. 2005. Harvard Women's Health Watch 13(1):6.
"Recognizing and Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma". Harvard Women's Health Watch. 13(9):4-5. May 2006.
"Screening for Cancer: Colon, Lung, and Skin Cancers. Harvard Men's Health Watch". 10(3):1-5. October 2005.
"Skin Cancer Epidemic: Take Steps to Avoid Sun Damage. Mayo Clinic Health Letter". 24(4):1-3. April 2006.
"Skin Cancer: With Summer Coming, It's a Timely Topic. 23:3". Child Health Alert. May 2005.
"Skinny on Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer". Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 18(5):4-5. July 2006.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.