The term 'non-melanoma' distinguishes these more common kinds of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which spreads faster in the body. The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or patch on the skin that doesn't heal after a few weeks. Nonmelanoma skin cancer includes:
• Basal cell carcinoma
• Squamous cell carcinoma
• Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
• Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
• Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
• Merkel cell carcinoma
• Sebaceous gland carcinoma
• Cancer that spreads from other areas of the body to the skin, such as breast cancer and mouth cancer
HOW IS NONMELANOMA SKIN CANCER DIAGNOSED?
A dermatology specialist will look for signs of the skin cancer as well as check the medical history of the patient. A skin biopsy is needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS NONMELANOMA SKIN CANCER TREATED?
The most common remedy for this cancer form is surgery. Along with surgery, there are various other therapies used here that include cryotherapy, relevant creams, etc. Alongside these, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a treatment known as photodynamic therapy (PDT) is also mandatory to reduce spread of the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer usually occurs in older people.