Basal cell skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in North America
The Basal cell skin cancer is a slow-growing skin tumor involving cancerous changes in basal skin cells. It accounts for about 75% of all skin cancers.
The incidence of skin cancer has increased greatly in recent years, due in part to greater exposure to UV radiation from the sun. In 1990, 600,000 Americans were diagnosed with either basal cell cancer or squamous cell cancer, up from 400,000 in 1980.
Basal cells are normal skin cells. They may develop cancerous changes, causing a lump or bump that is painless. A new skin growth that ulcerates, bleeds easily, or does not heal well may indicate development of basal cell skin cancer. This type of skin cancer has a high cure rate, but neglect can allow the cancer to enlarge, causing possible disability or, in rare cases, death.
More than 90% of basal cell skin cancers occur on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation. They may also occur on the scalp. The onset most commonly occurs after age 40.
Other risks include a genetic predisposition, basal cell skin cancer is the most common in those who have light colored skin, blue or green eyes, blond or red hair, and overexposure to X-rays or other forms of radiation.
Basal cell skin cancer usually remains local and almost never spreads to distant parts of the body, but it may continue to grow and invade nearby tissues and structures, including the nerves, bones, and brain. The tumor may begin very small, growing to 1 or 2 centimeters in diameter after several years of growth.
Basal cell skin cancer Symptoms
- A skin lesion, growth, or bump located on the face, ear, neck, chest, back, or scalp
- Pearly or waxy appearance
- White or light pink, flesh-colored, or brown
- Flat or slightly raised
- Visible blood vessels in the lesion or adjacent skin
- Appearance of a scarlike lesion without a history of injury to the skin in that area
- A sore that will not heal
Prevention of the basal cell skin cancer involves minimizing sun exposure and keeping your skin in healthy condition :
- Protect the skin by wearing protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants
- Ultraviolet light is most intense at midday, so try to avoid sun exposure during these hours.
- Use high-quality sunscreens, preferably with SPF (sun protection factor) ratings of at least 15.
- Look for sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB light.
- Apply sunscreen at least a half-hour before exposure, and reapply it frequently.
- Use sunscreen in winter, too.
- Examine the skin regularly for development of suspicious growths or changes in an existing skin lesion. A new growth that ulcerates, bleeds easily or is slow to heal is suspicious.
- Clean your skin daily and keep it moist, do not let it dry
You do not need to deal with the effects of chemical treatments. Basal cell skin cancer can be cured the natural way. Learn how.
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