Ninety percent of all skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinoma. This type of cancer typically appears on the head, face, neck, hands, or arms. It can often be removed completely during an excision, with no further treatment required. While basal cell carcinoma is curable in most cases, people who have had this type of skin cancer have a higher-than-average risk of developing other skin cancers.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
One of the most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is a disease with an extremely low fatality rate. Despite the low fatality rate, treatment is necessary; otherwise, it can destroy nearby tissue. Even when cured, people with this type of skin cancer have a higher risk of developing other skin cancers. The best way to prevent squamous cell carcinoma is to avoid sources of UV radiation.
Melanoma is one of the most serious types of skin cancer, because it has the ability to spread to other parts of the body in advanced stages. It can begin either in an existing mole or as a new growth on the skin. Symptoms include a mole that changes in color or size. Surgery is the most common treatment option recommended for malignant melanoma.