Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common cancers in Australia, however most are not life-threatening.
There are two main types: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).
SCC accounts for about 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It begins in the upper layer of the epidermis and usually appears where the skin has had most exposure to the sun (head, neck, hands, forearms and lower legs). SCC generally grows quickly over weeks or months.
Symptoms of SCC may include:
- thickened red, scaly spot
- rapidly growing lump
- looks like a sore that has not healed
- may be tender to touch.
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