Skin Cancer of the Hand and Upper Extremity
Cancer of the skin is a change in some of the cells of your skin such that they grow abnormally to form a malignant tumor. These abnormal cells can invade through the skin into adjacent structures or travel throughout your body and become implanted in other organs and continue to grow, a process called metastasis. The skin is the most common part of the body in which cancer develops. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer of the hand, followed by basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. There are other, more rare forms of this cancer, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, dermato-fibrosarcoma protuberans, sweat gland tumors, and Merkel cell carcinoma, to name a few.