MGL Skin Cancer Clinic | About our skin - Taree Skin Cancer Clinic
About our skin - Manning Great Lakes Skin Cancer Clinic - Latest Skin Scanning Technology, No Referral Necessary, Highly Trained Doctors
Manning Great Lakes Skin Cancer Clinic, Taree, Wingham, Forster, Tuncurry, Latest Skin Scanning Technology, No Referral Necessary, Highly Trained Doctors, about our skin and cancer
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About our Skin
What is the Body’s Largest Organ?

The SKIN – it weighs, on average in an adult, between 2 & 3 kg. The liver is next in size, weighing approx 1.6kg.

How Many Layers are there in the Skin?

There are basically only 2 layers in the skin;

  1. The EPIDERMIS, which is the outer layer of the skin, and
  2. The DERMIS – this is usually a thicker layer, and considerably “tougher” than the epidermis. The thickness of the dermis can vary from about 6mm on the back, to very thin on our eyelids.
What Structures does the Skin Contain?
  1. Hair follicles, that grow our hair
  2. Sebaceous or oil glands, that are attached to the hair follicles and lubricate our skin and hair
  3. Sweat glands to supply moisture to the skin to help in cooling ( and sometimes work when we are nervous or embarrassed !)
  4. Nerves – different nerve endings to alert us to sharp pain, light touch, vibration, heat and cold, etc.
  5. Blood vessels for nourishment to the skin, and to assist in cooling ( and sometimes are involved when we “blush”).
Where in the Skin do Skin Cancers Start?

The vast majority of skin cancers start in the surface layer of the skin, the epidermis.; If skin cancers are not recognized and treated early, they may penetrate the full thickness of the epidermis and start invading the dermis. Very advanced skin cancers can penetrate the full thickness of the dermis and start invading the underlying fat or muscle layers. Rarer skin cancers may involve the other structures of the skin, eg the sebaceous or sweat glands, or other cell types.