Basal Cell Skin Cancer
The most common form of cancer known is basal cell skin
cancer with about a million new cases diagnosed in the United States
annually. Basal cells line the deepest layer of the epidermis. Any form
of abnormal growth in this layer is known as a basal cell carcinoma.
This type of skin cancer does not usually spread to other parts of the
body, and will only spread to the skin around the actual cancer.
Fairly easy to treat when
detected early, basal cell carcinoma can diagnosed through a simple
biopsy. However, between five to ten percent of basal cell carcinoma
cases can resist non invasive forms of treatment. They can damage the
skin, and sometimes invade bone and cartilage. Fortunately, however,
basal cell carcinoma has a rate of metastasis that is extremely low,
and although it can result in permanent disfigurement, rarely is it
People who are fair-skinned
and are sensitive to sunburn, rarely developing a suntan is more likely
to contract skin cancer than dark-skinned individuals.
The warning signs of the
outset of basal cell carcinoma can be:
If detected early and treated quickly, the vast majority of basal cell carcinomas are not serious and can be readily treated. On the other hand, if basal cell carcinomas are neglected until they have become thick, they can be difficult to treat.
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