Basal Cell Cancer

Basal Cell Cancer: Overview

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), accounting for about 75% of all skin cancers, usually arises on sun-exposed surfaces such as the nose, temple, or upper lip as a minute plaque or nodule.  Although BCC is slow-growing and very rarely metastasizes, it can be very aggressive, invading vital organs and causing significant disfigurement.

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Treatment and Prevention

Because UV Exposure is the single most important risk factor for skin cancer, sun protection is the best way to decrease the risk.  Other suggestions include:

  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat with 3 inch brim (Not a baseball-type cap!)
  • Avoid exposure when the Sun's rays are most intense, especially between 10am and 3pm
  • Use Sunscreens and Sunblocks, at least SPF 15
  • Protect infants and children from overexposure and especially sunburn – it is estimated that lifetime risk of skin cancer could be reduced 80% with proper sun protection in childhood.

Prognosis

Almost 100% of cases are curable, even in relatively advanced stages, with surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Conditions that suggest Basal Cell Cancer:

Symptoms - Cancer

Risk factors for Basal Cell Cancer:

Addictions

Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking is a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Symptoms - Cancer

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Basal Cell Cancer suggests the following may be present:

Addictions

Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking is a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Tumors, Malignant

Preventive measures against Basal Cell Cancer:

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Hormone

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