Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It forms in the basal cells, which are responsible for producing new skin cells as old ones die off.
Basal cell carcinoma typically appears on skin that is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning beds. It typically appears on the head, neck and face, but may occur elsewhere on the body.
Basal cell carcinoma grows slowly. While it rarely spreads to other parts of the body, treatment is important because it can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone. It is important for patients to know the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma, and to see an experienced dermatologist at its first signs in order to treat the condition before it spreads.
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