BASAL CELL CARCINOMA

The Skin Cancer Most Common

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, affecting approximately 100000 U.S. residents per year. It is most common among all forms of cancer. More than one in every three new cancers are skin cancers, and the vast majorities are basal cell carcinoma. These cancers arise in the basal cells, which are located in the deepest layer of the epidermis (upper layer of the skin).

The main cause

Chronic exposure to sunlight is the cause of almost all basal cell carcinoma, which occur most frequently on exposed parts of the body: the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders and back. However, tumors rarely develop in unexposed areas. In a few cases, contact with arsenic, exposure to radiation, open sores that do not heal, chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, and complications of burns, scars, infections, vaccinations, or even tattoos are contributing factors to getting this disease.

Those who acquire

Anyone with a history of sun exposure can develop basal cell carcinoma. However, the people most at risk are those with fair skin, blond or red hair and blue, green or gray. Older people generally are most affected, but as has been increasing significantly the number of new cases each year in recent decades, gradually the average age of onset has decreased. This disease does not usually affect children, but sometimes becomes manifest in adolescents. Dermatologists report that more and more people in the 20 to 30 years were treated for this skin cancer.

Men have a higher number of cases of basal cell carcinoma than women, but more women now suffer from the disease than before. Workers whose occupations require long hours outdoors, and people who spend their free time in the sun, are particularly susceptible.

Not a Cancer Unimportant

When removed early, basal cell carcinomas are can be easily treated in its early stages. However, the more the tumor has grown, more extensive the treatment. Although this skin cancer rarely spreads, or metastasizes to vital organs, can damage surrounding tissue, sometimes causing significant destruction and disfigurement, basal cell carcinoma and some are more aggressive than others

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