Carcinomas of the Skin

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

-The most common type of skin cancer

-Can appear on the skin in various shapes and sizes.

-Usually develops on areas such as the scalp, nose, neck or hands

-Usually does not spread to other areas from original site but can grow deep into tissue and in some cases bone

 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

-Second most common type of skin cancer

-Appears on skin in many shapes

-Tends to develop on skin most exposed to the sun such as ears, face, hands legs and arms although can develop on areas not typically exposed to sun such as inside the mouth or genitals.

 

Melanoma

-Deadliest form of skin cancer

-Can develop on normal skin in an existing mole

-Change in shape, color or diameter can be a sign of development

-Can develop in areas such as under the nail (finger or toe nail). Appears as a dark brown or black streak

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