Non-melanoma skin cancers usually develop in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and are often named after the type of skin cell from which they develop. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma
Non melanoma skin cancer is one of five causes of dead in men and women in reproductive age in Mexico. 85% per cent of men and 90% of women now survive for at least five years after diagnosis.Between 1983 and 1987, survival at five years after diagnosis was just 64% for men and 81.9% for women.
Follow-up treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer includes skin self-exams and regular exams by doctor. These exams are extremely important to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back (recurrence). Doctors schedule exams as often every 3 to 6 months for the first 2 years and yearly after that, especially for squamous cell carcinoma. Non-melanoma skin cancer is mainly caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light comes from the sun, as well as artificial sunbeds and sunlamps. In addition to UV light overexposure, there are certain things that can increase your chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer, such as: a family history of the condition, pale skin that burns easily, a large number of moles or freckles.