Cancer that forms in the tissues of the skin. There are several types of skin cancer. They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. There are three main types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma: Cancer that begins in the lower part of the epidermis. It may appear as a small white or flesh-colored bump that grows slowly and may bleed. Basal cell carcinomas are usually found on areas of the body exposed to the sun. Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to other parts of the body. They are the most common form of skin cancer. Also called basal cell cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma: Cancer that begins in squamous cells. Squamous cells are thin, flat cells that look like fish scales, and are found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin, the lining of the hollow organs of the body, and the lining of the respiratory and digestive tracts. Most cancers of the anus, cervix, head and neck, and vagina are squamous cell carcinomas. Also called epidermoid carcinoma.
Melanoma: A form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines.
Related Journals of Skin Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer Research, Journal of Orthodontics & Endodontics, Cosmetic Dermatology, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, Journal of Health & Medical Economics, Journal of Cosmetic Science.