Skin cancers are the most common of all human cancers, and affects over 1 million people a year in the United States alone. Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) refers to all skin cancers that are not melanoma. It may seem odd to have a classification based on an exclusion of a cancer, but this is because
melanoma is a truly unique and dangerous cancer. Compared to cancers like Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma is a relatively uncommon type of skin cancer, but still account for the vast majority of skin cancer related deaths.
This website focuses on the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer to help patients with prevention, care, expectations, and management.
While there are many forms of non-melanoma skin cancers, the focus of this site will be on the most common types that account for the vast majority of non-melanoma skin cancers:
The reason for this is that other skin cancers such as Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma, Cutaneous Sarcoma, Adnexal Carcinoma, and other rare skin cancers, even combined, account for less than 5% of cases.
Skin Cancer Overview
A brief overview of the most common skin cancers by dermatologist Richard Thomas.
Much of the information on this website is based on the Canadian Guidelines for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer, created by the Canadian Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines Committee, published in the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. This website has adapted the information to best assist non-melanoma skin cancer patients and caretakers.