Where skin cancer develops
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinomaOpen pop-up dialog boxSquamous cell carcinoma on the ear and on the lip
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin open pop-up dialog boxMelanoma
MelanomaOpen pop-up dialog boxPhotograph showing Merkel cell carcinoma
Merkel cell carcinomaOpen pop-up dialog box
Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, and hands, and on the legs in women. But it can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day — your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and your genital area.

Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in people with dark skin tones, it's more likely to occur in areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.