Our review clearly showed that the prevention of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer needs to begin in childhood. Reduction in childhood sun exposure and tanning will hopefully stem the rise of skin cancer - Mandeep Kaur


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What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

Non-melanoma skin-cancer, already the most common type of cancer in the U.S., puts patients at an increased risk not only for more skin cancer, but for other potentially more serious cancers.

New research shows a sharp rise in non-melanoma skin cancers, so dermatologists and cancer groups are pushing patients who have a history of even one occurrence to be more vigilant about regular checkups. They are emphasizing the need for continued use of sunscreen, sun avoidance and protective clothing, which can help prevent future malignancies even when sun damage has already been done.

The two main types of non-melanoma skin cancer, both linked to excessive sun exposure, can be…

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 What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

Non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise; increased risk of recurrence.

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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.

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