What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and involves abnormal growths of skin cells that can form anywhere on the body, but most frequently appear on skin that is exposed to the sun. There are more than a million new cases of skin cancer in the US each year. Although most cases of skin cancer can be successfully treated, it is still important to keep skin safe and healthy and try to prevent this disease.

There are three major types of skin cancer that affect associated layers of the skin. These major types are:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma affects the squamous cells, which are just below the outer surface of the skin and serve as the inner lining.

Basal Cell Carcinoma affects the basal cells, which lay under the squamous cells and produce new skin cells.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and affects the melanocytes, which produce melanin.

If you've found a suspicious looking spt or mole on your skin, contact Dr. Khetarpal today.