Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers. The percentage of people suffering from skin cancer is higher than any other cancer. The cancer has different types according to cells and layers of the skin which are affected.
The post here gives the information about skin cancer stages and the types.
The skin cancer types have been categorized based on its origin and effects. These types are melanoma, basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer, where the melanoma cancer is the most dangerous skin cancer.
The basal cells carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are together known as non-melanoma cancers.
Skin cancer level has been categorized into five stages according to its growth.
This is the initial stage of skin cancer where cells start turning into cancer; however, they do not start spreading yet.
In this stage, cancer has grown to the size around 2 cm and has 1 or less high risk features.
The high risk features includes
The size has increased more than 2 cm and has at least 2 high risk features.
In this stage cancer starts growing into the bones of the face or starts spreading into the nearby lymph nodes which are at the same side of the body and has the size less than 3 cm.
In the stage 4, the cancer starts growing into the spine, ribs or lower part of the skull. It can also be the case that cancer has grown into a lymph node that is more than 3 cm in size, or has grown to an internal organ, like, lungs.
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