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What should I know about skin cancer?

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The vast majority of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cells carcinomas. While they are cancerous, these are unlikely to spread to other parts of the body. However, they may be locally disfiguring if not treated early.

A small but significant number of skin cancers are malignant melanomas, is a highly aggressive form of cancer that tends to spread to other parts of the body. These may be fatal if not treated early.

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

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