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Basal Cell Carcinoma - Facts about BCC


BCC grow quite slowly and generally start as a small flattened or rounded lump. The lump may appear red, pale or pearly in colour, or can appear scaly like an eczema patch on the skin which will not heal.


  • BCC is the most common non melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)

  • Although the most common form of skin cancer it is the least dangerous

  • It grows slowly so its important to check for changes on your skin

  • As it grows it may become ulcerated

  • It appears on the skin which is most commonly exposed to UVR (Ultra violet rays) e.g. the face, neck, upper body, forearms

  • They can usually be treated if identified and treated quickly

  • The incidence of BCC is higher in men than women



The risk of BCC is increased in people who:

  • Have a history of severe childhood/adolescent sunburn

  • Have red or blonde hair

  • Tan poorly/Burn easily