Survival for most non-melanoma skin cancers is excellent. The 5-year relative survival for BCC is 100%. This means that, on average, all of the people diagnosed with BCC are just as likely to live at least 5 years after their diagnosis as people in the general population.
Are non melanoma skin cancers dangerous?
In some cases they may come back after treatment. Although this type of cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body, if not treated it can extend below the skin to the bone. This can cause serious damage to the bone. Having a basal cell carcinoma also puts you at higher risk for other types of skin cancer.
How quickly does non melanoma skin cancer spread?
The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or discoloured patch on the skin that persists after a few weeks and slowly progresses over months or sometimes years.
Which type of skin cancer is least deadly?
Basal cell carcinoma
Most common form of skin cancer but the least dangerous.
Is non melanoma skin cancer benign?
Most skin tumors are benign (not cancerous) and rarely if ever turn into cancers. There are many kinds of benign skin tumors, including: Most types of moles (see Melanoma Skin Cancer for more about moles)
What does non melanoma look like?
pale white or yellow flat areas that look like scars. raised and scaly red patches. small, smooth and shiny lumps that are pearly white, pink or red. a pink growth with raised edges and indents in the centre.
Which is worse melanoma or carcinoma?
Melanomas are generally much more dangerous than carcinomas. Early detection helps with treatment in both cases and can be a key to dealing with the problem.
Is melanoma or non-melanoma worse?
Melanoma is much less common than some other types of skin cancer. But melanoma is more dangerous because it’s much more likely to spread to other parts of the body if not caught and treated early.
Can non-melanoma skin cancer be inherited?
Younger people can also develop non-melanoma skin cancer, especially if they have fair skin, an inherited (genetic) syndrome that puts them at high risk (see below), or been exposed to significant amounts of radiation or UV radiation from the sun.
Can skin cancer lead to other cancers?
Frequent skin cancers due to mutations in genes responsible for repairing DNA are linked to a threefold risk of unrelated cancers, according to a Stanford study. The finding could help identify people for more vigilant screening.