“Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer”. It’s a common claim and one which is undoubtedly true – non-melanoma skin cancers (or NMSCs) are seen far more frequently than any other form of cancer. Unfortunately, however, due to their frequency, statistics on the incidence of NMSCs (which include basal cell carcinomas, BCCs, and squamous cell carcinomas, SCCs, of the skin) are difficult to find and cross-reference.
Recognising this gap, a research group from the University of Nottingham established a literature review to try and establish what comparable published data could be found to determine the incidence of NMSCs. Whittling down some 3083 publications, the group identified 75 papers which provided suitable information, covering 38 countries from 1955-2007. (more…)