Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Every year, millions of people learn they have BCC.

This skin cancer usually develops on skin that gets the most sun exposure, such as the head, neck and backs of the hands. BCC is especially common on the face, often forming on the nose. While BCC often develops on the most sun-damaged skin, BCC can appear on almost any part of the body including the trunk, legs and arms.

People who use tanning beds also get BCC, and they tend to get them earlier in life.

This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin, tissue and bone.

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