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Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer in humans and is particularly prevalent in Australia and New Zealand. Luckily, this form of skin cancer is very rarely a threat to life but they can cause a lot of local tissue destruction, so need to be treated as quickly as possible.

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BCCs arise in otherwise normal appearing skin, unlike squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), which often arise within pre-existing solar keratoses. They usually grow slowly over months or years so they can vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres in diameter. There are several different clinical types

Causes

The cause of skin cancer, like other forms of cancer, is not completely known. Excessive exposure to sunlight is the single most important factor associated with the development of skin cancers. Consequently, skin cancers most commonly develop on the face and the arms, the most sun-exposed parts of the body.

  • Sun exposure: Sunburns, especially in childhood, have been linked closely with basal cell carinoma, whereas cumulative sun exposure over many years is associated with the development of squamous cell carcinoma. The role of sunlight exposure in melanoma is less clear.
  • Genetics: Genetic predisposition for the occurrence of malignant melanoma is perhaps the most important risk factor. Individuals with fair hair (red or blonde), pale eyes (green or blue) and fair skin are at high risk of skin cancer.
  • Other possible causes: Other possible causes of skin cancer include X-rays, trauma, viruses, infection, smoking and certain chemicals.
Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where criteria apply.


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