Skin cancer

Basal cell carcinoma

The abnormal and uncontrolled growths come from the basal cells of the skin in the outermost layer of the skin. This type of cancer occurs in areas of the skin that are normally exposed to the sun, especially the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back. Most BCCs are caused by a combination of intense intermittent exposure and long-term cumulative exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

These factors increase your risk of BCC:

● Exposure to UV rays from the sun or indoor tanning.
● Family history of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma.
● Older than 50 years: it appears mainly in people older than 50 years.
● Fair skin: People with fair skin are at higher risk.
● Being a man: Men are more likely to develop BCC.
● Chronic infections and inflammation of the skin from burns, scars and other conditions.

 

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