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Skin cancer: Types and treatment


Skin cancer

What is skin cancer?
It’s an abnormal growth of skin cells, which is usually caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

Caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

Is it contagious? No

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Overview: Common types of skin cancer

Millions of Americans develop skin cancer every year. Knowing these warning signs could help you find it early when it’s highly treatable.

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Basal cell carcinoma

Have you had a lot of sun exposure or used tanning beds? If so, be sure you can recognize signs of the most common skin cancer.

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Squamous cell carcinoma

Although this common type of skin cancer rarely spreads, treatment is essential. Find out how dermatologists diagnose and treat it.

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Melanoma

Created especially for people with melanoma, this information can answer your questions about diagnosis, treatment, and self-care.

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Merkel cell carcinoma

More people are developing this rare and aggressive skin cancer, which can be mistaken for a pimple. Do you have an increased risk?

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Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)

The first sign is often a rash or scaly patch on your skin, which looks like eczema or psoriasis that won’t clear with treatment. Are you at risk?

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Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)

This rare skin cancer tends to grow slowly and can look like harmless. See what it often looks like and why you need to treat it.

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Sebaceous cell carcinoma

Do you have a painless, firm growth on your eyelid that treatment cannot get rid of? Here’s why you should see a dermatologist now.


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