Alison Sweeney Days of our Lives
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Days of our Lives actress’ brush with skin cancer. sends well wishes to Days of our Lives’ Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady), who revealed on Instagram that she tested positive for a small patch of skin cancer. “So, I just got off the phone with my dermatologist. Kind of a bummer, but turns out I need to have a small bump removed from my nose that came up positive for skin cancer. She assured me that we caught it early and I just wanted to share her advice: Check your skin for any noticeable changes and ask your doctor about it!! Even if it seems like nothing, let an expert decide. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment, and prevents it from developing into something more complicated. And of course – use sunscreen (which I do!!).”

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Troublesome signs to be aware of when dealing with possible skin cancers include any suspicious small lump, spot or mole that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture, or a lump red in color. Any sore or spot that bleeds or becomes crusty, or doesn’t heal, should be monitored. Suspicious rough and scaly patches on the skin, or flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown, could be potential problems.  Also if you find any new growth that is suspicious, consult your doctor.

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Skin cancer is the most common and preventable cancer in the United States. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, and men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than women. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, with Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) being the second most common form. More than 1 million cases of SCC are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, resulting in more than 15,000 deaths. The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is estimated at $8.1 billion, about $4.8 billion for non-melanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen has been shown to reduce the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent.