Information on Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, and Melanoma?

Information on Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, and Melanoma?
I need information on those three types of cancer and these are the questions I need answered about each one:

What skin layers are affected? (such as epidermis and dermis)

How is it treated? (any pills, special surgery?)

Thanks for everyones help!

- la_nena_sabe...
All of the malignancies you have mentioned are known as skin cancers. Basal Cell carcinoma usually involves the superficial layers (epidermis) of the skin and, if caught early, the treatment is removal of the lesion at the doctor's office under local anesthesia and follow up visits to see if any other suspicious lesions show up.If subsequent lesions are found a series of radiotherapy treatments is performed. Squamous cell carcinoma also arises on the epidermis but from the squamous cells. Since these cells are located deeper it can spread to the dermis and if left untreated it can eventually erode into the fat, muscle and bone; it literally "eats" away those tissues leaving the bone exposed {that's why it's also called "rodent ulcer"}. Early treatment is the same as Basal cell {surgical excision}, or the use of a topical cream {Aldara}. Once it reaches fat and muscle, treatment consists of radiotherapy followed by intravenous chemotherapeutic medications. Melanoma is by far the deadliest of skin cancers; it arises from the melanocytes which are the pigment-producing cells. This type of skin cancer tends to quite quickly metastasize to the bones, lymphatic system and eventually to distant organs like the lungs and brain. As soon as diagnosed, the lesion{s} are excised, aggressive radio and chemotherapy is started in an effort to prevent or halt further metastases. Although the main cause of all skin cancers is exposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning booths, they can sometimes turn up in the most unlikely of places, In March of 2007 I was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma in my vulva {I don't do nude sunbathing nor use tanning booths}. The lesion was excised after six months of my Gyno having misdiagnosed it as a genital wart and treating it as such, which only worsened the situation. In this case a medical malpractice suit is under way.

- ~swimmerchick~
I actually have melanoma (diagnosed when i was 12). pretty much i don't really know about the layer. all i know is that it depends on how serious it is. you have your first surgery where they do a pretty big incision but not to big. i guess that would b considered your first layer of skin. then i had my second surgery because the first surgery hadn't gotten all of the cancer. that goes deeper and wider (so i guess the secons level of skin) and then that got all of my cancer out. there is no pill for melanoma just manually cutting out your skin. if they do 2 cuttins tho then you move onto chemo most likely or whatever other path doctors say is best for you. i hope that helps!

- Orion
you can find good summaries of all three skin cancers at link below

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