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Basal Cell Carcinoma
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a common skin cancer. The cancer forms in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). BCC grows slowly and rarely spreads.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or dermatologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits. Ask your healthcare provider how often you need to be checked.
You may have an open wound or stitches after treatment. Ask your healthcare provider how to care for your wound. You may need stitches removed after the skin starts to heal.
Skin cancer prevention:
- Do a body check once a month: Look for new growths or sores. Check for changes in the size, shape, or color of your moles and freckles. Look for sores that do not heal. Use a mirror to check areas that are hard to see. Ask family members or friends to help.
- Protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) light: Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays are strongest. If you are outside, apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more every 2 hours. Do this even on cloudy days. Wear pants and long sleeves to cover your body. Hats with a wide brim can protect your face, head, and neck. Wear sunglasses that block 99% of UV rays. Avoid tanning beds.
For support and more information:
- American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street
Atlanta , GA 30303
Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
Web Address: http://www.cancer.org
- The Skin Cancer Foundation
149 Madison Avenue, Suite 901
New York , NY 10016
Phone: 1- 212 - 725-5176
Web Address: www.skincancer.org
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your biopsy or surgical wound is painful, red, and swollen.
- You have a sore that has not healed within 2 months.
- You see new growths on your skin.
- The size, shape, or color of a mole or freckle has changed.
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