How Much Do You Know About Types of Skin Cancer

Allison Tsai | Apr 12th 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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There are three main types of skin cancer
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These include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. There are a few other rare types of skin cancer, such as Merkel cell carcinoma, skin lymphoma, Kaposi sarcoma, skin adnexal tumors and sarcomas. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

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  1. There are three main types of skin cancer

    Correct Answer: True

    These include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. There are a few other rare types of skin cancer, such as Merkel cell carcinoma, skin lymphoma, Kaposi sarcoma, skin adnexal tumors and sarcomas. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  2. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most dangerous type

    Correct Answer: False

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, and causes the most skin cancer deaths. Melanoma is the most likely of the three types to spread to other areas of the body. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  3. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer

    Correct Answer: True

    More than two million cases of basal cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  4. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in dark-skinned people

    Correct Answer: True

    It is usually found in places that do not see a lot of sunlight, such as the legs and feet. People with dark skin also rarely get melanoma. If they do, it is often found under nails, on the palm of the hands or on the soles of the feet. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  5. Basil cell carcinoma is usually found in places that have not seen the sun

    Correct Answer: False

    Basil cell is usually found in places that get a lot of sun, such as the face, particularly the nose, head, neck and backs of the hands. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  6. Melanoma is cancer that begins in the melanocytes

    Correct Answer: True

    Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin, the pigment that determines skin coloring. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)

  7. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other places in the body.

    Correct Answer: False

    Basal cell carcinoma is the type least likely to spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell does sometimes spread, and melanoma is the most likely to spread. Sources: [National Cancer Institute](http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/page4) [American Cancer Society](http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts)