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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

BCC is a common skin cancer that begins in the top layer of the skin. BCC grows slowly and rarely spreads.

What increases my risk for BCC?

What are the signs of BCC?

BCC usually forms on skin that has been exposed to the sun. Tumors on the head, ears, nose, and neck are common. Most tumors are not painful. The following are common signs of a BCC:

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How is BCC diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask when you first saw the growth. He or she will ask if the size, color, or shape have changed since you first saw it. He or she will look over the rest of your skin for other growths. Tell your provider if you have a family history of skin cancer, or you had sunburns or have used tanning beds. A skin biopsy is used to remove a sample of the growth to be tested for cancer.

How is BCC treated?

Treatment depends on your cancer, the area affected, and any other health conditions you may have:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to help prevent another BCC?

Prevent Sun Damage

Where can I find support and information?

When should I call my doctor?

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