Thursday, July 23, 2015

Basal Cell Carcinoma – Causes, Treatments and Tanning Beds

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma? Basal Cell Carcinoma is a type of "abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells (skin cells which produce new skin cells), which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Basal Cell Carcinomas often look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars"  Although it doesn't usually spread throughout the body like many other types of cancer "it can be disfiguring if not treated promptly."   Symptoms: Basal cell carcinoma may also appear as:
  • A pearly white or waxy bump, often with visible blood vessels, on your face, ears or neck.
  • A flat, scaly, brown or flesh-colored patch on your back or chest.
  • More rarely, a white, waxy scar. This type of basal cell carcinoma is easy to overlook, but it may be a sign of a particularly invasive and disfiguring cancer called morpheaform basal cell carcinoma.
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Causes:  Like most cancers, basal cell carcinomas occurs when ... Click here to read the full article.

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