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.
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:
Almost 100% of cases are curable, even in relatively advanced stages, with surgery and/or radiation therapy.
Smoking is a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.
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