Non melanoma skin cancer includes 2 main types: basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer. They are named after the types of skin cells from which the cancers develop. It is possible for a non-melanoma skin cancer to be a mixture of both these typesTreatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is completely successful in approximately 90% of cases by
•Medicines put on the skin, such as topical fluorouracil (5-FU) and topical imiquimod.
Follow-up treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer includes skin self-exams and regular exams by doctor. In Vaud, Switzerland, BCC were the commonest form of skin cancer reported in both men and women and the incidence has been rising steadily since registration was introduced in the mid 1970s. In Sweden, 39,805 SCC were registered between 1961 and 1995. Incidence rates increased substantially in men (by 42%) and in women (by 46%) during this period. Between 1978 and 1995, the Slovakian Cancer Registry registered 38 629 cases of NMSC (19 600 in men and 19 029 in women). During this period, incidence rates of BCC increased by 70.4% in men and 65% in women while incidence rates of SCC increased by 13.5% in men and 18.8% in women.