NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,863 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

stage II nonmelanoma skin cancer
(… non-MEH-luh-NOH-muh skin KAN-ser)
The tumor is larger than 2 centimeters at its widest point; or the tumor is any size and has two or more of the following high-risk features: (1) is thicker than 2 millimeters; (2) has spread into the lower layer of the dermis or into the layer of fat below the skin; (3) has grown and spread along nerve pathways; (4) began on an ear or on a lip that has hair on it; or (5) has cells that look very different from normal cells under a microscope.

EnlargeStage II nonmelanoma skin cancer; drawing shows a tumor that is more than 2 centimeters wide that has spread from the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) into the dermis (inner layer of the skin). Also shown is the subcutaneous tissue below the dermis.

Stage II nonmelanoma skin cancer. The tumor is more than 2 centimeters wide.