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  1. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for nonmelanoma skin cancer include: having a skin type that sunburns easily, a history of severe sunburn, and a family history of skin cancer or a personal history of skin cancer.

  2. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Home Treatment

    Home treatment after removal of a skin cancer includes regular use of skin protection measures to prevent a return (recurrence) of nonmelanoma skin cancer and regular exams to watch for suspicious skin changes.

  3. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Other Treatment

    Radiation therapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer may be recommended for people who may not be able to have surgery because of the location of the skin cancer. Radiation therapy may also be a treatment choice for older adults if surgery is too risky.

  4. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Exams and Tests

    Nonmelanoma skin cancer is diagnosed by: Your medical history, a physical exam of the skin growth, or a skin biopsy.

  5. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Topic Overview

    Is this topic for you? This topic is about nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. For information about melanoma skin cancer, see the topic Skin Cancer, Melanoma.

  6. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - What Happens

    Nonmelanoma skin cancer usually develops slowly, invading and destroying nearby tissues. It may take months or years for basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas to develop. Because of this slow growth, skin cancer can often be detected and treated early in

  7. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Cause

    Nonmelanoma skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays.

  8. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Surgery

    Surgery is the most common and most successful method of treating nonmelanoma skin cancer. The goals of surgery are to: Remove the entire skin cancer and a margin of healthy skin tissue around the cancer to reduce the chance of recurrence.

  9. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - Prevention

    Most nonmelanoma skin cancer can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Limit your exposure to the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (hours of peak ultraviolet exposure).

  10. Skin Cancer, Non Melanoma Guide - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional if you have an irritated or irregular skin growth.

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