Learning About Basal Cell Carcinoma

skin cancer Skin cancer has been called a lifestyle disease – meaning it’s associated with the choices you make and the way you live and spend your time. You may agree or not with that classification, but skin cancer can be deadly if not caught and treated. If you choose to spend lots of time in the sun this summer, that is a choice you will make. Staying knowledgeable on the topic of skin cancer is a first step in understanding how to avoid it.

  • About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the UV and UVB rays from the sun. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is just one of several types of cancer and is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. More than one out of every three new cancers is a skin cancer – the vast majority are basal cell carcinomas.
  • BCCs are abnormal, uncontrolled growths that usually develop on sun-exposed parts of your body, especially your head and neck. They can occur on any part of your body – even those that are rarely exposed to sunlight. They arise in your skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of your skin. Although a general warning sign of skin cancer is a sore that won’t heal or that repeatedly bleeds and scabs over, basal cell carcinomas may also appear as:
    • A flat, scaly, brown or flesh-colored patch on your back or chest.
    • A waxy or white bump on your face, neck or ears. The bump may bleed and develop a crust. In darker skinned people, this type of cancer may be brown or black.
  • BCCs almost never spread beyond the original site. But they shouldn’t be taken lightly, because they can be disfiguring and possibly deadly if not treated promptly.

A full-body check once a year is the best way to screen for basal cell carcinoma – as well as other forms of skin cancer. Using sunscreen that is 30 SPF or greater is so important, especially during the times of the day when the sun is at its hottest – about noon to 3 p.m. At Allure Skin & Laser we have many enhancing skin care treatments and can answer any questions you may have. Call, today: 630-818-7546.

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