Nasty Skin Conditions That Are NOT Psoriasis

Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Skin cancer is perhaps the most common cancer in the world, and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Over four million cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

The basal cells where cancer develops are the deepest layer of the epidermis. There are five warning signs of BCC, and many cases of BCC have at least two. These warning signs include a persistent open sore, a patch of red or inflamed skin, and a shiny bump or nodule. Patients should also watch for a pink growth with an indented, crusted center and a raised border, as well as a pale, waxy, or yellowish area that looks like a scar.

Basal cell cancers are easy to treat when caught early. Untreated BCCs, however, can become large enough to damage neighboring tissues and cause disfigurement.

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