There are three major types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (BCC),
squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, which is the most serious
of skin cancer. BCC, the most common form of skin cancer, and SCC are
easily treated when caught early but can cause extensive damage to the
surrounding tissue. SCC occasionally proves fatal if it spreads to the
lymph nodes or other organs.
Melanoma, the most dangerous type of
skin cancer, develops from melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin -
the pigment that gives your skin and hair their color. With early
diagnosis and treatment, the chances of recovery are very good. If it is
not found early, melanoma can grow deeper into the skin and spread to
other parts of the body. Once melanoma has spread to other parts of the
body beyond the skin, it is difficult to treat.
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