Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Common locations for skin cancer are areas that are exposed to sunlight, such as the face, neck, hands, and arms, but it may occur anywhere on the body.

There are several types of skin cancer, the three main types are:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Basel Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma

Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas are often classified together as non-melanomas. 

Other types of skin cancers include:

  • Merkel Cell Skin Cancer
  • Lymphoma of the Skin
  • Kaposi Sarcoma


Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

There are several known risk factors for skin cancer, including:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

Source: NIH National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). Skin Cancer (Including Melanoma)—Patient Version. National Cancer Institute. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from