While many cases of skin cancer can be treated successfully if caught early, it is important to be proactive about screening and prevention.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, over five million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other types of cancer combined.
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. While basal and squamous cell carcinomas are less likely to spread to other parts of the body, melanoma can be deadly if not caught early.
Early detection is key to successfully treating skin cancer. When detected early, skin cancer is highly curable. However, if left untreated, skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body and become much harder to treat.