What type of skin cancer is most likely to be malignant?
Melanoma has its beginnings in melanocytes, the skin cells that produce the dark, protective pigment called melanin which makes the skin tan. Melanoma is the most deadly of all the skin cancers and affects over 44,000 Americans each year.
Is squamous cell carcinoma benign or malignant?
Benign skin cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), typically develop due to overexposure to the sun and appear on various parts of the body, such as the nose, forehead, lower lip, ears, and hands.
What is worse squamous or basal?
Though not as common as basal cell (about one million new cases a year), squamous cell is more serious because it is likely to spread (metastasize).
What is the second most common type of skin cancer?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer. People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC. This skin cancer also develops in people who have darker skin. SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
Is squamous cell carcinoma always malignant?
The vast majority of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. While malignant, these are unlikely to spread to other parts of the body if treated early. They may be locally disfiguring if not treated early. A small but significant number of skin cancers are malignant melanomas.
Is squamous cell always malignant?
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.
Which is more common basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma accounts for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States and is the most common of all cancers. Typically, it is a slow-growing cancer that seldom spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma also rarely spreads, but does so more often than basal cell carcinoma.
How can you tell the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Though this form of skin cancer is not usually life-threatening, one major difference between basal cell and squamous cell cancers is that squamous cell cancer are more likely to grow deeper into the layers of your skin and spread to other parts of the body.
What is the survival rate for squamous cell carcinoma?
In general, the squamous cell carcinoma survival rate is very high—when detected early, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. Even if squamous cell carcinoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the cancer may be effectively treated through a combination of surgery and radiation treatment.