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squamous cell carcinoma

type of skin cancer that arises from keratinocytes of the stratum spinosum, grows rapidly, and tends to metastasize if not removed

malignant melanoma

name a type of skin cancer that metastasizes rapidly into surrounding blood vessels where the cancer cells can circulate throughout the body

basal cell carcinoma

Name a type of skin cancer that arises from cells of the stratum basale, grows slowly, and is the least malignant.

stratum basale

the deepest layer of the epidermis consisting of stem cells capable of undergoing cell division to form new cells

stratum granulosum

the second layer of the epidermis that marks the transition between the deeper, metabolically active strata and the dead cells of the more superficial strata

stratum spinosum

the third layer. the spiny sublayer just below the stratum ganulosum contains cells that create an immune response to protect the body against foreign bodies that get through the first three outer sublayers of skin

stratum corneum

the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off

stratum lucidum

layer of the epidermis found only in the thick skin of the fingers, palms, and soles

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