Five things you may not know about basal cell carcinoma (BCC)- Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Five things you may not know about basal cell carcinoma (BCC)– Musings of a NYC dermatologist
1. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer
2.Basal cell carcinoma is less likely to spread than other cancers–but it should still be treated.
3. Basal cell carcinomas may look different on people with dark skin.  More commonly found on people with light skin, BCCs are typically pink, pearly papules.  In people with dark skin the lesions tend to be pigmented, looking more like a mole.
4. BCCs are associated with cumulative sun damage over a life time.  So even if you had a lot of exposure in the past, it’s still worth to protect the skin.
5. Although surgical treatment is the standard, sometimes a cream can be used to treat BCC.

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