Skin cancer, non-melanoma
Also known as:
Basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, Cancer, skin
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Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the skin. It is the most common type of cancer. It is almost always cured when it is found early and treated. So it's important to see your doctor if you have changes in your skin.
Most skin cancers are the non-melanoma type. There are two main types of non-melanoma skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma. Most non-melanoma cancers are this type. It can damage deeper tissues, such as muscles and bones. It almost never spreads to other parts of the body.
- Squamous cell carcinoma. This type is less common. It often starts in skin that has been injured or diseased. It sometimes spreads to other parts of the body.