|TYPES OF SKIN CANCER
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common skin cancer with an incidence of
over 1 million cases every year. Although this type
rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the
body), it can spread under the skin and cause
considerable local damage. Left untreated basal cell
carcinoma can invade nerves, muscle, cartilage, and
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer, with over 250,000 new cases each year and approximately 2,500 deaths each year due to metastasis. When found early and treated properly, the cure rate by dermatologic surgery for both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas is 95-99%.
Malignant Melanoma is a less frequent skin cancer, with 55,000 new cases each year, but more deadly with approximately 8,000 annual deaths. Melanoma is almost always curable with surgery when detected in its early stages.