Gallery: Other Skin Cancers

Although less deadly than melanoma, other skin cancers are far more common. The most common type of skin cancer is Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), followed by Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). Basal Cell Carcinomas are rarely lethal but can cause considerable disfigurement if left untreated. Keratoacanthoma is a secific type of Squamous Cell Carcinoma that can resolve by itself. Squamous Cell Carcinomas do have the potential to spread through the body and can be fatal. Other rarer types of skin cancer include Atypical Firboxanthoma and Merkel Cell Carcinoma. With all types of skin cancer, early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance of cure and good cosmetic outcomes.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

The following photographs are taken by attaching a digital camera to a dermatoscope. This technique allows the identification of a whole range of features below the surface of the skin not visible to the naked eye. Dr Wassall believes that dermoscopy improves his ability to diagnose Basal Cell Carcinomas considerably. 

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This BCC has a Maple Leaf Area.  Can you see it?Basal Cell Carcinoma photographed with dermatoscope.
This feature is known as a Spokewheel and identifies this lesion as a BCC.Basal Cell Carcinoma photographed with dermatoscope.A grey blue globule in a BCC.
Basal Cell Carcinoma photographed with dermatoscope.Basal Cell Carcinoma photographed with dermatoscope.Arborising (tree like) vessels in a BCC

Squamous Cell Carcinoma & Others

Dermoscopy is often not as useful in diagnosing Squamous Cell Carcinomas as the other types of skin cancer. The photographs below consist of a mixture of traditional photography and photographs taken by attaching a digital camera to a dermatoscope. 

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Pigmented Bowen's Disease.  A superficial type of skin cancer.Massive keratoacanthoma.  This lesion grew in 6 weeks!Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell CarcinomaSquamous Cell CarcinomaSquamous Cell Carcinoma photographed with dermatoscope.