Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are more cases of skin cancer than breast, colon, and lung cancer combined. Most skin cancers are related to (UV) radiation exposure from either intense, intermittent sun exposure; multiple sunburns; long term cumulative exposure over many years or from exposure through tanning beds. While skin cancer is more common in lighter skin (those with green or blue eyes and lighter hair), it can occur in skin of every color. An important part of our job as dermatologists is early detection of skin cancer. Fortunately, with early detection, most skin cancers are treatable. We encourage our patients to perform self-examinations frequently, bring suspicious growths to our attention and come in for a full-body skin examination annually. After the diagnosis of a skin cancer, you are more likely to develop another; therefore, more frequent full-skin examinations by a dermatologist are critical to survey the skin for new or recurrent skin cancers. Additionally, continued sun protection and sunscreen use are necessary to decrease the development of new skin cancers.