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Lecture OverviewCarcinogenesis

  • to understand the role of ultraviolet light in carcinogenesis
  • to understand the different pathogenetic pathways of the
    major types of skin cancer
  • to be able to describe the major diagnostic features of basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, squamous cell carcinoma, nevi, atypical nevi, and malignant melanoma
  • to classify and describe the treatment options for skin cancer
  • to understand current approaches to skin cancer prevention

Skin Cancer

  • most common cancer, affecting at least 1 in 7 B.C. residents
  • basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are most common
  • malignant melanoma is less common but potentially more dangerous, affecting 1 in 90 (an increase from 1:1500 in 1935)


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