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Skin Cancers: They’re Not All Alike

Skin cancers are named for the type of cells that become malignant (cancer). The three most common types are:

Skin cancer can invade the normal tissue nearby. Also, it can spread throughout the body. Melanoma is more likely than other skin cancers to spread to other parts of the body. Squamous-cell skin cancer sometimes spreads to other parts of the body, but basal-cell skin cancer rarely does. When skin cancer cells do spread, they break away from the original growth and enter blood vessels or lymph vessels. The cancer cells may be found in nearby lymph nodes. The cancer cells can also spread to other tissues and attach there to form new tumors that may damage those tissues.

Source: National Cancer Institute

April 29, 2017

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