Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with 500,000 new cases reported each year. Approximately 80% of skin cancers appear on the face, head or neck – and can be disfiguring as well as dangerous. There three primary types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma: the least dangerous type, it tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads beyond its original site. If left untreated it can grow deep beneath the skin causing serious damage, particularly in the eye area.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: this cancer tends to appear on the lips, face or ears and is known to spread. Squamous cell carcinoma is often more aggressive and can be more serious than Basal cell carcinoma.
- Malignant melamona: the least common form of skin cancer, but with an incidence is increasing rapidly, especially in the Sunbelt states. If left untreated this type of cancer may spread throughout the body and is often deadly.