Future Directions in the Management of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


The current and future management of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)—predominantly basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—represents a significant public health problem worldwide. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with data showing that NMSC is five times more common than all other cancers combined [1]. The sun-exposed head and neck (HN) is the most common location, with incidence rates continuing to rise 3–10 % per year. Although BCC is more common, the vast majority of NMSCs are localized and easily treated with simple excision. However, 5 % are considered high-risk (nearly always SCC) and metastasize to regional lymph nodes with the potential for distant spread [2].


Neck Dissection Basal Cell Carcinoma Merkel Cell Carcinoma Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome 
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© Faruque Riffat, Carsten E. Palme, Michael Veness, Rehan Kazi, Raghav C. Dwivedi 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiation Oncology, Oceania Oncology BundabergBundabergAustralia
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.Radiation OncologyUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  4. 4.Princess Alexandra HospitalBrisbaneAustralia

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