The three main forms of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma and they are associated with genetic predisposition and UV exposure. Skin cancers are most commonly seen on sun-exposed areas of the body but can be seen anywhere on the body.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer and typically presents as a non-healing sore, pearly bump, pigmented patch or scar-like area. They are slow-growing and rarely spread. Early detection and excision is imperative.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) presents as a firm, red nodule or crusted scaly patch on the skin. Identification and treatment of SCC is critical in minimizing the risk of spread.
- Melanoma is the most serious and potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Melanomas may arise from existing moles or appear de novo.