Basal Cell Carcinoma


The Most Common From of Skin Cancer

Accounting for 80% of diagnosed cases, basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common form of skin cancer. It seldom metastasizes or leads to death, but can cause significant damage and disfigurement by invading surrounding tissues. 

Basal cell carcinoma can assume various forms, including:

  • A waxy yellow, white or skin-colored scar
  • A cluster of slow-growing and shiny pink or red lesions that are slightly scaly and bleed easily
  • A flat or slightly depressed lesion that feels hard to the touch
  • A small, translucent growth with rolled edges that may be pigmented
  • An open sore that bleeds and heals, then repeats the cycle

Basal cell carcinoma starts in the outer layer of skin, or epidermis, with tumors believed to arise from pluripotent cells, sebaceous glands, and apocrine glands. Basal cell carcinoma occurs most often in areas of the skin regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation — and is directly related to lifetime exposure to UV radiation, as well as a history of sunburn.

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