01/22/2014

Skin Cancer of the Hand and Upper Extremity

 

Skin cancer 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. In the hand, squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, followed by basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. There are other, more rare forms of skin cancer, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, dermato-fibrosarcoma protuberans, sweat gland tumors, and Merkel cell carcinoma, to name a few.