About Basal Cell Carcinoma


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of skin cancer, begins in the basal cells in the deepest layer of skin. BCC can develop anywhere, though it is most commonly found in sun exposed areas. It is possible to have more than one BCC. 


It is rare but possible for BCC to spread, or metastasize – it is estimated that ~1% of BCCs can be classified as advanced BCC. (Mohan SV & Chang ALS. Curr Derm Rep 2014;3:40–5)


There are several subtypes of BCC:

The most common subtype of BCC is nodular BCC, which often appears as a raised lesion with blood vessels on top. It usually appears on the face.

The second most common subtype is superficial BCC, which takes the form of a red, scaly patch. It often develops on the torso and limbs.

In the deeper layers of skin, infiltrative BCC can occur. Infiltrative BBC often occurs in the neck and head regions, and takes the appearance of scar tissue.

Morpheaform or sclerosing BCC usually occurs in the neck and head regions, and takes the appearance of a flat, firm lesion lacking a defined border.

Source: Canadian Cancer Society, “Basal Cell Carcinoma

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NOTE: The information on the Save Your Skin website is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. While we make every effort to ensure that the information on our site is as current as possible, please note that information and statistics are subject to change as new research and studies are published. 

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