Skin cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells develop from parts of the skin. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs.
The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms.
Nonmelanoma skin cancers tend to grow slowly and rarely spread. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more aggressive, but less common.
Surgery is the most common therapy for both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be recommended in addition to surgery.
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