Skin cancer stages
Staging may depend on the type of cancer. For non-melanoma skin cancer that have a low likelihood of spreading, like basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, the staging process may not be necessary. Melanomas are more likely to spread quickly, so the skin cancer staging process becomes a very useful tool when it comes time to plan for treatment:
- Non-melanoma skin cancers: Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread and may not be staged. The chance that squamous cell carcinomas will spread is slightly higher and may be staged using the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM System.
- Melanoma: Melanomas are more aggressive and likely to spread. This type of skin cancer is usually staged by the AJCC TNM system or the Clark levels. Read more about the melanoma skin cancer stages.