Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of cancer that occurs in humans. This cancer type affects one million Americans every year. About 8 out of 10 skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas. BCC develops in the head and neck which are often exposed to sun’s rays. Middle aged and older people are more prone to this cancer type. Younger people are also being diagnosed with it in recent times as they spend most of their time out in the sun.

These cancer cells typically grow slowly and the symptoms can be detected in the initial stage. One can see them after many years after the body has been exposed to too much UV radiations. One can see them as shiny bumps in the nose or any part in the face. You can also get them in other parts of the body like arms and legs but this is more rare. Skins that are fair are more likely to catch basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinomas are also fragile and can bleed easily.

When it is not treated, it can keep invading and even damage the bone and tissues beneath the skin. So do not take it lightly please. Avoiding the sun and using sun screen can reduce the chances of developing this skin cancer.