Understanding skin cancer

Find out more about the skin, how it functions, and the different types of non-melanoma skin cancer.

  • What is cancer?

    There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

  • The skin

    Your skin is made up of several different types of cell, including squamous cells and basal cells.

  • Types of skin cancer

    The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

  • Signs and symptoms of skin cancer

    Skin cancers are most likely to appear on skin that is exposed to the sun, such as your face or neck.

  • Why do cancers come back?

    Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.

An image of a Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist talking to a patient through the skin cancer booklet

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer

Ruth Fox, Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist, talks about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and how it is diagnosed.

About our cancer information videos

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer

Ruth Fox, Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist, talks about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and how it is diagnosed.

About our cancer information videos