Non-melanoma skin cancer

What is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Non-melanoma is a group of cancers of the skin. Learn about signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and risks in our guide to non-melanoma skin cancer.

Risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer

Risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer include sun and ultraviolet radiation and having a fair complexion. Learn about non-melanoma skin cancer risk.

Finding skin cancer early

When non-melanoma is found early the chances of successful treatment are better. Learn what puts you at high risk for skin cancer and symptoms to watch for.

Signs and symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer

Signs and symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer vary by type. Learn about the signs and symptoms of basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma.

Diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer

Learn about tests used to diagnose non-melanoma skin cancer, including a skin exam and skin biopsy.

Grading non-melanoma skin cancer

The grade describes how cancer cells look and act compared to normal cells. Learn about grading non-melanoma skin cancer and how it helps plan treatment.

Stages of non-melanoma skin cancer

Staging describes the extent of non-melanoma skin cancer in the body. Learn about the stages of non-melanoma using the TNM system.

If non-melanoma skin cancer spreads

Most non-melanoma skin cancers do not spread to other parts of the body. Learn where non-melanoma skin cancer may spread if left untreated.

Prognosis and survival for non-melanoma skin cancer

Learn about prognosis and survival for non-melanoma skin cancer. Important prognostic factors include the location, size and depth of the cancer.

Treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer

Treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer include surgery, radiation and drug therapy. Learn about treatment plans and options for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Supportive care for non-melanoma skin cancer

Supportive care helps with the physical and emotional aspects of non-melanoma skin cancer. Learn how to cope with issues like self-esteem and recurrence.

Non-melanoma skin cancer statistics

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. Learn about statistics for non-melanoma skin cancer.

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