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Skin Cancer Module: Practice Exercises

Skin Cancer: Module 10
Cancer Rate Comparisons

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Question 1: Which cancer is the most common? Which is the least common?

Answer: Basal and squamous cell cancer taken together are the most common. Melanoma is the least common.

 

Question 2: Which cancer seems to be the least treatable? Which seems to be the most treatable?

Answer: Melanoma is the least treatable. Basal cell cancer is the most treatable.

 

Question 3: Give a possible reason for the high rates of basal and squamous cell skin cancers.

Answer: Answers may vary, but should include:

  • These cancers are related to UV exposure.
  • Sun exposure throughout life can cause these cancers.

 

Question 4: Of all types of cancer in the table above, at what percent rate does skin cancer occur?

Answer: Skin cancers account for 52 percent of all cancers in the table.

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