According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 3,170 deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancers will occur in the US in 2013

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, with an estimated 700,000 cases diagnosed in the US each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.

    * What causes it: SCC is mainly caused by cumulative UV exposure over the course of a lifetime.

    * Interesting fact: SCCs are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the rim of the ear, lower lip, face, bald scalp, neck, hands, arms and legs.

    * What to look for: Warning signs include a scaly red patch, an elevated growth, an open sore, or a wart-like growth, and these lesions may sometimes bleed.

To properly protect against the dangers of skin cancer, follow The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Prevention Guidelines:

    * Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    * Do not burn.

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