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Types of Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer: Types list

The list of types of Skin Cancer mentioned in various sources includes:

Rare Types of Skin Cancer:

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Skin Cancer: NWHIC (Excerpt)

There are several types of cancer that start in the skin. The most common are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both of these are called nonmelanoma skin cancers. They have a better than 95% cure rate if they are detected and treated early.

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common nonmelanoma skin cancer. It begins in the lowest layer of the epidermis, called the basal cell layer. It is slow growing and is not likely to spread to distant parts of the body. About 80% of the new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in the upper part of the epidermis and can also begin within scars or skin ulcers (crater-like lesions or sores) elsewhere on the body.

  • Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to invade tissues beneath the skin, and slightly more likely to spread to distant parts of the body than are basal cell carcinomas. About 16 percent of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that starts because of uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing tanning cells. It is not as common as basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, but it is much more serious. Melanomas can suddenly appear without warning, but can also develop from or near a mole. They are mostly found on the upper backs of men and women or on the legs of women, but can occur anywhere on the body. About 4% of new skin cancer cases are melanoma, and more than 80% of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. (Source: excerpt from Skin Cancer: NWHIC)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

There are three common types of skin cancers. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common, accounting for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. They are slow-growing cancers that seldom spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinomas also rarely spread, but they do so more often than basal cell carcinomas. The most dangerous of all cancers that occur in the skin is melanoma. Melanoma can spread to other organs, and when it does, it often is fatal. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)

The two most common kinds of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma . (Carcinoma is cancer that begins in the cells that cover or line an organ.) Basal cell carcinoma accounts for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. It is a slow-growing cancer that seldom spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma also rarely spreads, but it does so more often than basal cell carcinoma. However, it is important that skin cancers be found and treated early because they can invade and destroy nearby tissue.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are sometimes called nonmelanoma skin cancer . Another type of cancer that occurs in the skin is melanoma , which begins in the melanocytes. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI)

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)

Doctors generally divide skin cancer into two stages: local (affecting only the skin) or metastatic (spreading beyond the skin). Because skin cancer rarely spreads, a biopsy often is the only test needed to determine the stage. In cases where the growth is very large or has been present for a long time, the doctor will carefully check the lymph nodes in the area. In addition, the patient may need to have additional tests, such as special x-rays, to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Knowing the stage of a skin cancer helps the doctor plan the best treatment. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer: NCI)

Skin Cancer: Rare Types

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Skin Cancer: Related Disease Topics

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