Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in the basal cells, which are skin cells that replace old ones as they die. Not many people know about this type of cancer, which is unfortunate, because it is pretty common.
Here is information on basal cell carcinoma that you should know.
Age is a Risk Factor
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer in the U.S., with over 3 million people diagnosed each year. The probability of being diagnosed with basal cell cancer increases with age. While basal cell cancer can occur in people as young as 20, it is far more common in adults over the age of 50. To break it down even more, the majority of people affected are between the ages of 50 and 80, with an average age at diagnosis of 67.
Can Spread Quickly
BCCs that are left untreated can spread widely and deeply into the epidermis, destroying skin, tissue, and bone. The longer you wait to treat BCC, the more probable it is to come back, perhaps multiple times. BCC can also spread to other parts of the body in extremely aggressive ways.
Basal Cell Carcinoma is Treatable
Most basal cell carcinomas can be treated and cured if detected early. The tumor becomes more dangerous and potentially disfiguring as it grows in size, necessitating more extensive treatment. This is why prompt treatment is critical.
Mostly Treated with Surgical Removal
Mohs surgery is a microsurgical procedure used to treat common types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma. Systemic chemotherapy is rarely used to treat basal cell carcinoma, because it rarely progresses to an advanced stage. Targeted therapy is more likely to be used to treat advanced basal cell cancers.
Could be Fatal if Left Untreated
Basal cell carcinoma grows slowly and spreads to other parts of the body at a very slow pace, but if left untreated, it can be fatal. Do not underestimate its ability. If you have a suspicion about a skin lesion or spot, get it checked out immediately.
Good Survival Rate
The good and promising news for anyone diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma is that the 5-year relative survival rate of BCC is 100%. This means that, on average, everyone diagnosed with BCC lives at least 5 years after their diagnosis and treatment.
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