Non-melanoma skin cancer is a type of cancer characterized by an abnormal growth of cells in the skin. Most skin cancers are non-melanoma and the two main types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell. Signs include a skin growth with abnormal size, shape or color or a sore that does not heal.Skin cancers are most commonly caused by sun exposure, especially from tanning beds, and are the most common cancer. They are easily detectable and treatable if found early. Treatments include removal of the abnormal growth, topical treatment, radiation therapy and/or photodynamic therapy. Organizations exist to help and support those dealing with non-melanoma skin cancer in their lives.
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