- Experience and expertise. Mayo Clinic skin specialists (dermatologists) are nationally known for their extensive experience in treating both common and rare types of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors treat thousands of people with skin cancer each year.
- Newest treatments and research. Mayo Clinic offers the latest treatments, including Mohs surgery, as well as clinical trials of experimental treatments. Mayo Clinic surgeons have extensive expertise and specialized training in Mohs surgery, performing several thousand surgeries annually. Mayo Clinic's leading edge cancer research gives you access to new potential treatment discoveries.
- Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The most common types of nonmelanoma skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cells comprise the lower portion of your top layer of skin (epidermis) called the basal cell layer. Basal cell carcinoma typically occurs in areas that receive a high level of exposure to the sun, such as your face, neck and the top of your hands. It generally grows slowly, but if left untreated, it can invade surrounding tissue or spread to other organs.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma develops in the epidermis when squamous cells divide abnormally. This occurs in skin areas that receive high sun exposure, such as your face, neck and the top of your hands. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to lymph nodes and internal organs, but spreading is not common. People who have squamous cell carcinomas on the face, particularly the lip and ear, are at higher risk of the cancer spreading, as are those whose immune systems are suppressed or who have had organ transplants.
Other less common types of nonmelanoma skin cancer include Merkel cell carcinoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), microcystic adnexal carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX), malignant fibrous histiocytoma, sebaceous carcinoma and other rare adnexal tumors.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
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