There are 3 major types of skin cancer. The most common is basal cell carcinoma (BCC), second squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and third and most serious being malignant melanoma.
Most skin cancers occur in the head and neck region of the body. Most cancers occur in more elderly patients but there has been an increase in the occurrence of all skin cancers, especially in younger patients as a result of excessive exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet light).
Any non healing growth or lump on the skin of the face or neck should be assessed by a doctor. A mole which changes in colour or size or which starts to bleed needs an urgent assessment especially if associated with a lump in the neck.