The "other" types of skin cancer
Interview: Lisa Garner, M.D., vice president of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Almost everyone knows about the dangers of melanoma, but there are also two lesser-known types of skin cancer: basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Lisa Garner, M.D., talks with "Sound Medicine" about their risks. Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type of skin cancer. It occurs primarily in white or light-skinned people and frequently occurs in skin exposed to the sun, like the head and neck. It can be easily removed and usually doesn’t metastasize, but left alone, it can cause significant tissue destruction. Squamous cell carcinoma develops from pre-cancerous lesions and tends to grow and spread. Dr. Garner encourages all "Sound Medicine" listeners to visit their dermatologist if they see any unusual spots or lesions.