Are there different skin cancer types?

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Superficial spreading melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer. This affects 7 out of every 10 skin cancer patients in the UK. However, there are other, less common skin cancer types:

  • Nodular melanoma: Mostly affects middle-aged people and commonly occurs in areas that have been exposed to the sun such as the chest and back. This type of melanoma can develop quickly so regular monitoring and early diagnosis is important.
  • Lentigo maligna melanoma: Affects about 1 in 10 skin cancer patients in the UK. Also known as Hutchinson’s Melanotic Freckle, this usually occurs on the face, which sees a lot of exposure to the sun. This type of melanoma is more likely to affect people who spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Metastatic melanoma: This is the least common skin cancer type but is also the most malignant. It is particularly important to identify early as it can spread quickly to other organs. Treatment must be sought immediately if this is diagnosed.
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