Learn more about Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Carcinoma
The most common skin cancers, BCC and SCC develop from cells in the top layer of skin. BCC and SCC usually begin as a pink patch or sore that will not heal. Common locations include sun-exposed areas such as the head and neck, back, chest and upper arms. Fair skinned individuals are at greatest risk. BCC is virtually never life threatening. SCC can occasionally spread to lymph nodes and other organs and therefore become life threatening. Treatment is most often with surgical excision, but may also be treated with topical medications or radiation.