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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, typically developing in areas exposed to sunlight, such as the face, neck, and hands. It arises from the basal cells, which are found in the deepest layer of the skin's epidermis. BCC usually appears as a pearly or waxy bump with visible blood vessels, or it may resemble a sore that doesn't heal. While it tends to grow slowly and is rarely life-threatening, early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent it from spreading or causing damage to surrounding tissues. Fortunately, BCC is highly treatable with various options, including surgery, radiation therapy, and topical medications, making it important to seek medical attention if you notice any suspicious skin changes. Regular sun protection measures can also help reduce the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

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