The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most popular of the three, resulting in 8 out of every 10 skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Squamous cell carcinoma affects 2 out of every 10 people with skin cancer. It is more likely to spread to other parts of the body, though it is still uncommon. These two forms of skin cancer may not be as deadly as melanoma, but they still cause other problems that severely impact a person’s life.
“It can be disfiguring,” said Dr. Richard Cashio. “It may not have the problems of taking a life, but surgery scars. It has effects on the psyche.”
Dr. Cashio said that what looks like a healthy tan is actually the body trying to protect itself against the sun. “If you have a tan, you’ve had too much exposure to the sun’s radiation, enough to make your skin change color,” Dr. Cashio said.