Non-melanoma skin cancers, also referred to more specifically as 'keratinocyte cancers', are the most common class of skin cancers. SCC is the second most common non-melanoma skin cancer worldwide (after basal cell carcinoma). SCCs are most frequently observed in photoexposed skin, often in those >40 years of age. Men have a higher incidence than women, and those with lighter skin types are at increased risk. Incidence is highest near the equator and doubles with each 8° to 10° decrement in geographic latitude. Of note, SCC is the most common skin cancer in patients with darker skin types and in organ transplant recipients taking immunosuppressive drugs. NIH: skin cancer treatment PDQ - health professional version external link opens in a new window Tropical Australia has the highest incidence of all types of skin cancer, with incidence of SCC of around 1/100 for the population of white people. In England, a study of first primary SCC between 2013 and 2015 showed a rate of 77.3 per 100,000 person-years for male patients and 34.1 per 100,000 person-years for female patients. In a study conducted in 1994, the lifetime risk of SCC in the US was estimated to be 9% to 14% in men, and 4% to 9% in women. The approximate annual incidence is >100,000 in the US. According to longitudinal studies in both the US and Canada, the incidence of SCC has increased by up to 200% over the past 20 years.
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