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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.

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DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

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.

Wound care:

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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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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