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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.
Five genes hold key to meningioma make up

Five genes hold key to meningioma make up

Vismodegib team wins Drug Discovery of the Year award

Vismodegib team wins Drug Discovery of the Year award

Researchers reveal molecular mechanisms that lead to basal cell carcinoma initiation

Researchers reveal molecular mechanisms that lead to basal cell carcinoma initiation

Vitiligo patients have low risk for skin cancer

Vitiligo patients have low risk for skin cancer

Ocular sebaceous carcinoma rare, but often misdiagnosed in UK

Ocular sebaceous carcinoma rare, but often misdiagnosed in UK

Blistering sunburns and working outdoors associated with two nonmelanoma skin cancers

Blistering sunburns and working outdoors associated with two nonmelanoma skin cancers

Ustekinumab success in refractory Crohn’s disease

Ustekinumab success in refractory Crohn’s disease

Ustekinumab shows positive results in decreasing debilitating effects of Crohn's Disease

Ustekinumab shows positive results in decreasing debilitating effects of Crohn's Disease

Further evidence against sun bed use

Further evidence against sun bed use

Advanced optics system noninvasively maps out network of tiny blood vessels beneath the skin

Advanced optics system noninvasively maps out network of tiny blood vessels beneath the skin

New association found between basal cell carcinoma and eczema

New association found between basal cell carcinoma and eczema

Caffeine combats skin cancer risk

Caffeine combats skin cancer risk

Caffeinated coffee intake may reduce risk of basal cell carcinoma

Caffeinated coffee intake may reduce risk of basal cell carcinoma

Having antibodies for cutaneous HPV and sun exposure can act synergistically in BCC, SCC

Having antibodies for cutaneous HPV and sun exposure can act synergistically in BCC, SCC

Skin patch treatment kills common skin cancer

Skin patch treatment kills common skin cancer

Skin patch treatment kills common skin cancer

Skin patch treatment kills common skin cancer

Combination therapy may help defeat pancreatic cancer

Combination therapy may help defeat pancreatic cancer

NEJM hails vismodegib as ‘the greatest advance in therapy yet seen’ for advanced BCC

NEJM hails vismodegib as ‘the greatest advance in therapy yet seen’ for advanced BCC

Erivedge drug shows promise against advanced basal cell carcinoma

Erivedge drug shows promise against advanced basal cell carcinoma

Imiquimod and PDT equivalent for superficial basal cell carcinoma

Imiquimod and PDT equivalent for superficial basal cell carcinoma