Skin Cancer Types

Basal Cell Carcinoma:

The most common type of skin cancer. This type of cancer usually occurs on sun exposed skin.  The head, neck, hands, and nose are the most common areas to be diagnosed with this cancer.  Prevention with sun screen and hats can reduce the risk of developing BCC.

Squamous Cell Car

Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

Another common type of skin cancer that occurs on sun exposed skin.  Women tend to get this on the chest and lower legs.  Men tend to get this on the head, face and neck, arm areas.  Tanning bed use increases risk of developing this type of cancer.


This type of skin cancer is the most serious type.  If left untreated, melanoma can be deadly.  Yearly skin checks with a dermatologist, monthly self checks, and knowing the ABCDEs of Melanoma can help make this a treatable condition.


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Online Resources

American Academy of Dermatology –

Skin Cancer

The Society for Pediatric

Melanoma Patients Information Page –

Melanoma Research Foundation –

National Alopecia Areata Foundation –

National Psoriasis Foundation –

National Rosacea Society –