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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Breedlove

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the leading cause of cancer in the United States with 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer by the age of 70.

Skin cancer can be divided into two large categories: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Non-melanoma skin cancers include cancers like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.

  • Over 90 percent of skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and even as few as five blistering sunburns can increase your risks of developing melanoma.

  • More than 5400 people worldwide die of non-melanoma skin cancer every month.

  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent.

What does non-melanoma skin cancer look like?

Most often it’s red, scaly, pink or may be an ulcer and bleed easily. Other “pimple-like” lesions that persists for longer without resolving should be evaluated.

Having trouble deciding if a lesion is concerning?

Please see board certified dermatologist, Dr. Breedlove, for evaluation and treatment.


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