Basil Cell Carcinoma

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Basil Cell Carcinoma Basil Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the world. My husband has this type of skin cancer, so I know a few things about it that I’ve learned through the years. Basil Cell Carcinoma does not usually metastasize though there are some cases that if this is left untreated, it can spread to other vital organs and then become fatal. Basil Cell Carcinoma, (BCC) originates in the basil cells which are in the deepest layer of the epidermis. This kind of cancer has symptoms which often look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars, and often commonly appear on the face or scalp. Basil Cell Carcinoma is a slow growing cancer with some common sites of metastasis; these are lymph nodes, lungs, and bones. My husband’s cancer spread from his forehead to his eye which destroyed the optic nerve so he ended up having to loose his left eye, it also ate through the first and second layer of his skull so during the first surgery a titanium plate was places in his forehead which protects his brain. Tumors that typically appear are on the sun exposed parts of the skin, and often on hair-bearing areas. BCC affects up to two million Americans each year. Those who are at high risk to get Basil Cell Carcinoma are people with fair skin, light-colored eyes, Blonde or red hair freckles and who are easily sunburned. Also if it runs in the family you are more likely to inherit it also. Patients that are diagnosed with this type of skin cancer, have a 35% chance of developing another tumor within three years, and a 50% chance within five years. Basil Cell Carcinoma can be associated with scars, vaccinations, or even Tattoos. In able to diagnose his skin cancer, a shaved skin biopsy may be necessary to come up with the type, and histological subtype of BCC. If the results come back negative, and a clinical suspicion is

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