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Basal Cell Carcinoma

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by Vann M

(Skin cancer-Basal Cell)


Risk Factors

Areas of skin that are damaged have higher risk of cancer. Skin that is regularly exposed to the sun is most likely to develop skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma may also develop in skin that has scars, burns, or inflammatory skin diseases.
Factors that increase your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma include:
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Childhood sunburns , freckling, or long periods of sun exposure
  • Fair skin that rarely tans
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A personal history of skin cancer
  • Treatment that suppresses the immune system , such as having an organ transplant
  • History of radiation therapy
  • Frequent use of tanning beds
  • Certain rare genetic disorders, such as Gorlin’s syndrome


American Academy of Dermatology

The Skin Cancer Foundation



Canadian Dermatology Association

Canadian Cancer Society



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Basal cell carcinoma. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: Accessed March 28, 2013.

Wong C, Strange R, et al. Basal cell carcinoma. BMJ. 2003;327:794-798.


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