basal cell carcinoma

While it might be tempting to use the two words interchangeably, there are distinctions to be made between melanoma and skin cancer.
"It can be very hard to identify a skin cancer, because hundreds — sometimes thousands — of harmless skin lesions might look unusual to the untrained eye," says Gyorgy Paragh, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.