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Advanced Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing some form during their lifetime. Most cases can be cured if caught and treated early when the cancer is limited to a small area of the skin. However, if the disease advances by spreading on the skin or into the body, it may have devastating consequences and could become deadly.
Click to the left for more information about two forms of advanced skin cancer, advanced basal cell carcinoma and metastatic (or advanced) melanoma.

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Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a slow-growing disease that starts in a specific type of skin cell, called a basal cell. If it is found early and treated, BCC is very likely to be cured.

In rare cases, if it is not treated or comes back after treatment, it can spread or grow deep under the skin’s surface into surrounding tissue (locally advanced). Some people may have lesions in areas such as the eyes, nose or ears, which may be disfiguring or result in a loss in function. The disease can also, in rare cases, spread to other parts of the body (metastatic).

Click here to explore stories from those affected by advanced BCC.
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Metastatic (or Advanced) Melanoma

Metastatic melanoma is a type of advanced skin cancer that has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be removed by surgery.

Click here to explore stories from those affected by metastatic melanoma.
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Additional Resources

Patient Support Websites*

AIM at Melanoma
American Cancer Society
BCCNS Life Support Network
Cancer Support Community
Melanoma International Foundation
Melanoma Research Alliance
Melanoma Research Foundation
Skin Cancer Foundation

Genentech-sponsored Website
Right Test Right Time

*These organizations are independent from Genentech and are solely responsible for their own website content. There may be other patient support sites that can help.

The information provided by Genentech USA, Inc., or these organizations, is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to provide medical advice or replace a physician’s medical advice.