According to the researchers, two types of non-melanoma skin cancer — squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) — have increased significantly...
Skipping sunscreen and hitting the tanning beds aren’t the only ways to increase your risk. Get to know all the risk factors, plus how you can stay cancer-free.
Fortunately, for most, it is a cancer that is not of particular concern since most can be removed. But even those “simple” surgeries–as I have learned from my own experience–can be a bit problematic.
You could also do nothing, or do nothing for six months while watching to see what happens. But that’s not the so-called standard of care, and it rarely occurs. American medicine is not good at doing nothing.
Never in my life would I have ever imagined developing skin cancer, nor did I ever imagine thinking I would have skin cancer before the age of 30.
Basal-cell carcinoma doesn’t often progress to advanced stages, but when it does, it can be life-threatening. Only recently are drug therapies available for advanced disease.
The new findings help explain why skin cancers are so common considering that it takes a combination of at least three or four unlucky mutations to transform a healthy cell into a cancer cell.
Experts say that tanning beds are a major factor behind the increase in all three types of skin cancer for young women. More than 20 million people use tanning beds each year, and 70 percent of customers are young white women, who are at increased risk of developing skin cancer.
Many patients prefer the new X-ray treatment to surgical procedures.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise; increased risk of recurrence.
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are generally grouped together and called “keratinocyte carcinomas,” because they begin in a type of skin cell called a keratinocyte, or “non-melanoma skin cancer” to distinguish them from melanoma.
About 8 out of 10 skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas (also called basal cell cancers). When seen under a microscope, the cells in these cancers look like cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis, called the basal cell layer...
There are numerous types of non-melanoma skin cancers including: basal cell, squamous cell, angiosarcoma, cutaneous B and T cell lymphomas, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, Merkel cell carcinoma, and sebaceous gland carcinoma.
BCCs and SCCs become more common with increasing age. Over 7 in 10 cases occur in people over the age of 60.