Which skin cancer is the most dangerous?
There are different types of skin cancer. If you are not into this subject, it can be difficult to understand the different types and how they relate to each other. A question that is much heard of is ‘which skin cancer is the most dangerous?’ – a very logical question. To give you the answer directly: melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. And why that is, we will explain further below.
Do a self-check on your skin health with the SkinVision app
1. Take a picture
2. Analyze it
3. Track your skin
Melanoma vs Non-melanoma skin cancer
In general skin cancer can be divided into two categories, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. While melanoma is the most dangerous type, non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common. The second category consists mostly of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma – types of skin cancer that are very common but also (in most cases) are treatable without becoming life-threatening.
Melanoma begins in melanocytes cells in the deepest layer of skin, also known as the hypodermic or subcutaneous tissue, while non-melanoma cancers are found in the upper and middle layers of skin, called the epidermis and dermis, respectively.
Melanoma can spread
Because melanoma roots in the deepest layers of the skin, it can also spread to other parts of the body, even to the organs. And because of this, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. When it spreads, it can harm vital organs and it can be hard to treat – and in later stages could be even untreatable.
This is why it’s so important to detect skin cancer early. Make sure to perform regular self-checks and go and see your doctor when you feel uncomfortable about any spot on your skin.