What is skin cancer?

Also known as: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma

Skin cancer is a very rare cancer in children, which when present results from skin cells growing without restraint. Some can potentially spread to other parts of the body. There are 3 main types of skin cancer; "Basal cell" - the commonest and a very treatable cancer; "Squamous cell cancer" - which is less common, grows faster and can rarely spread to other parts of the body; and "Melanoma" - very unusual in children but as it spreads quickly causes most deaths.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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