St. Louis (KSDK) - Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer, but it's not the only one.
There are actually two other types of skin cancer, but it's not the only one.
There are actually two other types of skin cancer, each with their own unique symptoms.
In this week's 8 Ways to Prevent Cancer segment we answer the question, "What's the difference between basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma?
Basal cell skin cancer is the most common and the most benign. It also usually occurs on the face, neck, and extremities that are exposed to the sun. It is a slow-growing cancer that rarely metastasizes.
This type of skin cancer can appear as a red patch of skin, a pearly bump, a scar-like lesion, or an open sore that does not heal.
Squamous cell skin cancers are more invasive than basal cell. They commonly develop on the lower lip, lower eyelids, and extremities, but can occur anywhere.
This fast-growing type of skin cancer can appear as a scaly red patch that might scab or bleed, an open sore that does not heal, or a raised, wart-like growth.
Basal cell and squamous cell do have one thing in common: when caught early they both have about a 95 percent cure rate.
Experts suggest the best way to prevent skin cancer is to reduce your sun exposure and use sun block and protective clothing.