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The three most common types of skin cancer are:
   
These skin cancers get their names from the type of cells that become cancerous -- basal cells, squamous cells, and pigment cells (melanocytes). Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type, accounts for 90 percent of all skin cancer cases in the United States. Melanoma, though deadlier, is the least common type.
 
Most cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer can be cured. However, people with these types of skin cancer have a higher risk for developing other skin cancers. Melanoma causes about 75 percent of skin cancer-related deaths in the United States.
 
(To learn more about this topic, click Skin Cancer Types.)
 
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