What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a broad term that refers to any type of cancer that begins in the cells of the skin. These cancers usually develop in the top layer of skin, also known as the epidermis.
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. In addition, there are several types of skin cancers that occur much less frequently, including kaposi sarcoma, merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous (skin) lymphoma, skin adnexal tumors and various types of sarcomas.
Skin cancer incidence
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Each year, more than 3.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and 76,380 melanoma cases will be diagnosed in 2016.