What is skin cancer?

Non melanoma skin cancer includes basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer and other rare types.

Skin cancer symptoms

Find out about the possible symptoms of non melanoma skin cancer and when to see your doctor.  

Photos of skin cancer

See what different types of skin cancers might look like.

Risks and causes

Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. Find out more about this, other possible risk factors, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Getting diagnosed

Find out how to get the most out of your GP appointment, when you should see a specialist and the tests you might have.

 

Types

The 2 main types of non melanoma skin cancer are basal cell skin cancer (BCC) and squamous cell skin cancer (SCC).

Stages and grades of skin cancer

The stage of cancer tells you its size and whether it has spread. The grade tells you how much the cancer cells look like normal cells.

Survival

The cure rates for non melanoma skin cancers are very high.

Treatment

Your treatment depends on where your skin cancer is, how big it is and your general health. 

Research and clinical trials

Researchers are looking at the causes, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. 

Living with skin cancer

Get support to cope during and after skin cancer treatment, including how to protect your skin in the sun.

Last reviewed: 
16 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
13 Oct 2023
Coronavirus and cancer

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