The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell cancer. Melanoma is less common, but it is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, causing about 75% of all deaths attributable to skin cancer. It also has highest incidence rate of all cancers from year to year.
The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun’s damaging radiation and the radiation found in tanning booths. Fortunately, all forms of skin cancer are highly curable if diagnosed and treated early.
Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) normally develop on areas of the skin that have been exposed to sunlight. The most common areas are the face, especially the nose, neck, head and the back of hands.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a common form of skin cancer. It is caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or a tanning booth without proper use of sunscreen. It is most commonly seen on sun-exposed areas such as the head, neck, arms, back of hands and legs.
Melanoma, also called malignant melanoma, is the most serious form of skin cancer. However, when detected early, melanoma has an excellent cure rate. Because exposure to ultraviolet radiation (the sun and tanning booths) is a primary risk factor, anyone can develop a melanoma skin cancer.