What is Skin Cancer?

Skin Cancer starts at its smallest common denominator of the skin cell. Within each skin cell, a set of genes instructs the cell to do the right thing at the right time. Skin cancer happens when the cells of the epidermis become damaged and begin to grow out of control.

Note: Patients taking CellCept in combination with other antirejection medications have a greater chance of developing cancers, especially skin cancer.

Another condition to watch out for is actinic keratosis, which is not actually cancer but a precancerous skin disease. It is characterized by red, flattish, scaling areas. In the general population, 10% of actinic keratoses can turn into squamous cell carcinoma.