Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Basal Cell Carcinoma (Rodent Ulcer or BCC)


A basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. It is a relatively benign type of skin cancer in that it will not spread to any other sites within the body. Treatment, however, is essential because these tumours can extend or grow into surrounding structures and damage them. If you have been told that you have a basal cell carcinoma arrangements will be made for this to be treated at a later date, either by surgery or radiotherapy.

Basal cell carcinomas are caused by excessive sun exposure. If you have had one tumour you have a greater risk of getting a second. The risk can be minimised by reducing sun exposure either by avoiding the sun or protecting the skin from sunlight by wearing appropriate clothing. Sunscreens may also help on sites that cannot be covered by clothing. If a sunscreen is used a total block (Factor 15 or above) is preferred.

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