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Basal cell cancer begins in the lowest layer of the epidermis, the basal cell layer. About 8 out of 10 skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas. They usually begin on areas exposed to the sun, such as the head and neck. Basal cell carcinoma was once found mostly in middle-aged or older people. But now it is also being seen in younger people. This may be because people are spending more time in the sun without protecting their skin.

Basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly. It is very rare for a basal cell cancer to spread to distant parts of the body (metastasize). But if it is not treated, it can grow into nearby areas and spread into the bone or other tissues beneath the skin.

After treatment, basal cell carcinoma can come back (recur) in the same place on the skin. New basal cell cancers can also start in other places on the skin. As many as half of the people who have one basal cell cancer will get a new skin cancer within 5 years.
UCLA-developed new "virtual histology" technology may reduce need for skin biopsies

UCLA-developed new "virtual histology" technology may reduce need for skin biopsies

Portable PDT device could pave the way for at-home treatment of basal cell carcinoma

Portable PDT device could pave the way for at-home treatment of basal cell carcinoma

Alcohol consumption increases risk of several cancers while coffee protects against liver, skin cancer

Alcohol consumption increases risk of several cancers while coffee protects against liver, skin cancer

Topical cream shows signs of clinical efficacy in patients with basal cell carcinoma

Topical cream shows signs of clinical efficacy in patients with basal cell carcinoma

Compound isolated from Ophiura sarsii can be used as an affordable drug for photodynamic therapy

Compound isolated from Ophiura sarsii can be used as an affordable drug for photodynamic therapy

Yale scientists develop an injection-based therapy for skin cancer

Yale scientists develop an injection-based therapy for skin cancer

Study explores link between personal use of hair dyes and cancer risk

Study explores link between personal use of hair dyes and cancer risk

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

Researchers develop new isolated limb infusion method for melanoma treatment

Researchers develop new isolated limb infusion method for melanoma treatment

GW expands clinical trial of neoadjuvant immunotherapy for high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

GW expands clinical trial of neoadjuvant immunotherapy for high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma patients report 95% satisfaction rate with Mohs surgery

Melanoma patients report 95% satisfaction rate with Mohs surgery

ACCC project develops resources to support treatment of patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

ACCC project develops resources to support treatment of patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Leukemia drug appears to be effective in treating deadly pediatric brain tumor

Leukemia drug appears to be effective in treating deadly pediatric brain tumor

Study identifies key epigenetic regulator that controls skin cell turnover

Study identifies key epigenetic regulator that controls skin cell turnover

New Milford Hospital’s Eating Well program offers comfort to patients and caregivers

New Milford Hospital’s Eating Well program offers comfort to patients and caregivers

GW Cancer Center selected as first global clinical trial site for high risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

GW Cancer Center selected as first global clinical trial site for high risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Limiting UV exposure is the number one way to reduce rising female skin cancer rates

Limiting UV exposure is the number one way to reduce rising female skin cancer rates

Research sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair

Research sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair

GW researchers underscore need for tailored skin cancer prevention programs

GW researchers underscore need for tailored skin cancer prevention programs

Wear protective clothing to reduce the risk of skin damage from sun's UV rays

Wear protective clothing to reduce the risk of skin damage from sun's UV rays