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What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

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Different cell types: Squamous cell carcinomas are worse than basal cell carcinomas. Squamous cell carcinomas can metastasize where as basal cell carcinomas very rarely do. Both types occur more in sun exposed areas.

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Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often spread radially and have a higher risk of spread to other organs if left untreated.

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Both are NMSCs: Both are types of non-melanoma skin cancers (nmsc). Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) are the most common types of skin cancers. Bcc occur on sun exposed areas, are slow-growing, rarely spread, but can be locally destructive. Sqamous cell carcinoma (scc) usually start from sun-induced precancerous lesions (actinic keratosis) and then can progress to invasive tumors with risk of spread. See doc if worried.

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