Accompanies Module 5, Chapter 5: The Integumentary System
One very common but serious homeostatic imbalance of the skin is skin cancer. In fact, according to your textbook 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point – a staggering number! Answer the questions that follow in complete sentences and with proper spelling and grammar.
You may use your book and notes on this, but write in your own words. Also, please list the book as a source if you are using it. You may also use outside sources provided that: 1) you cite and reference the source, 2) you do not directly copy from the source – explain everything in your own words (failure to do so will result in zero credit), and 3) the source is reliable. So far there are still issues with students doing this correctly and deductions will be made if both citations and references are not included. There’s a document that explains how to do this under “Course Content.” Please review this document and/or ask me if you still do not understand what is required. As usual, attach your assignment below in either a Word document or PDF.
Here’s the assignment:
1. Explain what is meant by the term cancer by addressing the following: How is a cancer (malignant tumor) different from a benign tumor? What is metastasis? What exactly causes these cells to “misbehave” and how is DNA involved?
2. What are the types of cells in the epidermis can become cancerous? What are the warning signs of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer that is increasing in prevalence?
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