Which type of skin cancer is the most dangerous?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and can appear anywhere on the skin. There are different types of skin cancer, all of which are dangerous and should be treated immediately when diagnosed. Which type of skin cancer is the most dangerous, though?
Which type of skin cancer is the most dangerous?

Melanoma vs Non-melanoma skin cancer

There are two main categories of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. Between these types, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, although non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common.

Non-melanoma skin cancers refer mostly to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma – two types of skin cancer that are, in most cases, treatable without becoming life-threatening.

Melanoma skin cancer begins in melanocyte cells in the deepest layer of skin, also known as the hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue, while non-melanoma cancers are found in the upper and middle layers of skin, called the epidermis and dermis, respectively.

Melanoma can spread

Melanoma can spread

Because melanoma roots in the deepest layers of the skin, it can also spread to other parts of the body, even to the organs. And because of this, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. When it spreads, it can harm vital organs and it can be hard to treat – and in later stages could be even untreatable.

Skin cancer pictures

This is why it’s so important to detect skin cancer early. Make sure to perform regular self-checks and go and see your doctor when you feel uncomfortable about any spot on your skin.

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