Basal Cell Skin Cancer

Basal cell skin cancer or basal cell carcinoma is a slow growing skin cancer that starts in the top layer of the skin. It is caused by excessive sun exposure, leading to DNA damage of your skin cells. If you are turning pink, red, or tan after sun exposure, the damage is already done.

Think of your skin like a layered cake:

Basal cell skin cancer starts on the surface and slowly grows downward, into the deeper layers of your skin. It rarely ever enters your lymph nodes or spreads to other parts of your body. Removing the basal cell skin cancer can cure you of this type of skin cancer. If left to grow for a long time, basal cell skin cancer can penetrate the deeper layers of your skin down to muscle and even bone.

If you see a pink, shiny bump that’s new or recently bleeding, see your local board certified dermatologist immediately. It could be basal cell skin cancer. The smaller it is when removed, the less noticeable your scar will be.

Always use sunscreen with SPF>30, get annual skin exams, wear protective clothing, hat, and shades, and avoid the sun at the hottest times of day to reduce your risk of getting basal cell skin cancer.