The anatomical distribution of skin cancers

Int J Epidemiol. 1986 Dec;15(4):502-6. doi: 10.1093/ije/15.4.502.


The relative density of skin tumours by anatomical site has been drawn from a variety of clinical studies and tumour registry investigations. The data sources are remarkably consistent and support current theories implicating chronic solar exposure in the development of non-melanoma and intense exposure for melanoma tumours.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / epidemiology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / epidemiology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanoma / epidemiology
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*