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Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of most common forms of cancer found in human beings. The three different types of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and melanoma. These three types of skin cancers are named after the type of skin cells where the cancer occurs. Usually skin cancer develops on the outermost layers of the skin which makes most forms of skin cancer detectable in their early stages. Also, though skin cancer can cause disfiguration, it is very rare that people die due to skin cancer, except in case of melanoma. Melanoma is not a very common type of skin cancer but it is the most serious and fatal type of skin cancer and it is mostly caused due to over exposure to sun for long periods. The most common type of skin cancer is the basal cell skin cancer. Together both the BCC and SCC are known as nonmelanoma skin cancer.

Anatomy of the human skin

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