Basal Cell Skin Cancer

Basal cell skin cancers are the most common form of skin cancer. Four million cases of basal cell carcinoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. It is the most common form of all cancers.  One in three of all cancers will be a basal cell carcinoma. They usually occur on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face or neck.

Basal cell carcinoma may appear as:

  • A pearly or waxy bump
  • A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
  • A pink growth with a slightly elevated rolled border
  • A scar-like area that is white

Sometimes small blood vessels (called telangiectasia) can be seen within the tumor. Crusting and bleeding in the center of the tumor frequently develops. It can be mistaken for a sore that does not heal.

Basal cell skin cancers rarely metastasize and rarely cause death.


Basal Cell Skin Cancer Photo

A shiny bump or nodule that is pearly or clear and is often pink, red or white. The lesion can also be tan, black, or brown especially in dark haired people.


Basal Cell Skin Cancer Photo

An open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts. It remains open for weeks and never fully heals. It may have a raised, rolled edge.


A reddish or irritated area occurring on the face, chest, hands, arms and legs. It may itch or hurt.

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