Affecting 1 million Americans each year, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most common in skin that has been exposed to sunlight, such as the face, neck, hands and arms.
The most common types of skin cancer include: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell skin cancer and melanoma.
While doctors cannot explain why one person develops skin cancer and another does not, we do know that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop the disease.
People who are concerned about developing skin cancer/melanoma should talk with their doctor about the disease, the symptoms to watch for and an appropriate schedule for checkups. The doctor’s advice will be based on the person’s personal and family history, medical history and other risk factors.
Learn more about the risk factors for skin cancer and melanoma from the National Cancer Institute.