Early Detection Key to Cure for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
Skin cancers are the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common kinds, with studies indicating more than three million Americans are affected annually.
The two most frequently seen non-melanoma types are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), accounting for 80% of all skin cancers, and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), making up 16%.
Cells that make up your skin are called keratinocytes, and there are two kinds: squamous cells, and just below those the basal cells. The name of the cancer depends on which of these cells is involved. Skin cancer develops when something triggers a “damaged” cell to reproduce uncontrollably, until a mass is formed.