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What are the main types of skin cancer?

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The three main types of skin cancer are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also called non-melanoma skin cancers, they can be cured if they're treated early. Melanoma, made up of problem skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. If it's not treated, it can spread to other organs and be hard to control.

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

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