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Basal cell skin cancer (carcinoma) most often appears on areas of
the body that have been exposed to the sun, such as the head, face, neck, back,
chest, or shoulders. Basal cell carcinoma grows slowly and does not usually
spread to other parts of the body (metastasize).
Basal cell skin carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in
light-skinned people. It is rare in people who have dark skin.
Signs and symptoms may include:
Treatment for a basal cell cancer is usually surgery to remove the
lesion. If the cancer cannot be cut out, it may be treated with radiation, pills, or creams containing medicines. Most basal
cell skin cancers can be cured, but some may return after treatment.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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