Health Library: Basal Cell Carcinoma


What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.


What causes Basal Cell Carcinoma?

BCCs often develop on the head, neck, back of the forearms and hands, or the areas that get the most ultraviolet exposure. Unfortunately, they are especially common on the face, often forming on the nose. Although more common on sun-exposed skin, BCCs can develop on any part of the body, including the torso, legs, and arms. Although they are usually diagnosed mid to late adulthood, tanning beds have led to younger patients developing them, too.


How is Basal Cell Carcinoma treated?

BCCs usually grow slowly and rarely spread to other parts of the body. They can be incredibly destructive cancers, destroying skin, tissue and even bone as they continue to eat away at the body if left untreated. If you think you may have BCC, schedule an appointment with our team today!


Want to learn more?

American Academy of Dermatology – Basal Cell Carcinoma