What is it?

Malignant skin neoplasm, or skin cancer, is an abnormal growth of the skin cells. The greatest risk factor for skin neoplasm is sun exposure. Other risk factors include a history of sunburns, fair skin, sunny or high altitude climate, moles, precancerous skin lesions, family history of skin cancer, weakened immune system, radiation and other substance exposure. The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It usually develops in areas that are exposed to the sun including the scalp, face, lips, neck and arms. People with dark skin tone may also develop skin melanoma, and it usually occurs in areas that are not exposed to light.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- BCC of skin
- SCC of skin
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of skin
- Squamos Cell Carcinoma of skin
- Skin cancer
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Lower Limb
- BCC of lower limb
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Eyelid
- SCC of eyelid
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Trunk
- SCC of trunk
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Skin of Ear
- SCC of ear
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Lowe Limb
- SCC of Lowe Limb
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Upper Limb
- BCC of upper limb
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Other Specified Sites of Skin
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Upper Limb
- SCC of upper limb
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Lip
- BCC of lip
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of trunk
- BCC of trunk
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Face Skin
- SCC of face skin
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Scalp and Neck
- BCC of Scalp and Neck
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Lip
- SCC of lip
- Malignant Neoplasm of Eyelid
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Other Specified Sites of Skin
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Ear
- BCC of ear
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Face Skin
- BCC of face skin
- Malignant Neoplasm of Skin of Ear
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of Eyelid
- BCC of eyelid
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Scalp Neck
- SCC of Scalp Neck
- Malignant Neoplasm of Lip

Signs & symptoms

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) symptoms may include a pearly or waxy bump on the skin, a flat scar- like lesion or a bleeding sore that recurs. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) symptoms may include nodules that can be firm and red or a flat lesion with crust. Melanoma symptoms may include spots with freckles, moles that change in their color and size, bleeding moles, lesions with irregular borders and color changes, painful, itching, or burning lesions and dark lesions.


Diagnosis includes physical examination by a dermatologist with a special magnifying glass. Then, from the lesions that arouse suspicion, a biopsy may be taken to determine if the sore is malignant and what kind it is.


Treatment for skin cancer depends on the size, depth and type of the lesion. Sometimes, the biopsy is a sufficient treatment. In other cases, freezing, excisional surgery, Mohs surgery, curettage, electrodesiccation or cryotherapy, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be further needed. Other treatments may include photodynamic and biological treatment.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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