Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
BCC is the most common form of cancer in the world.
BCC is most commonly caused by long-term sun exposure. Those that have already had one BCC have a 40% risk of getting a second BCC within 5 years, and are at increased risk of melanoma.
Although BCC does not metastasize or travel in the bloodstream to other organs, it is important to remember that it is a cancer. As such, it will continue to grow locally and will not go away on its own. It is even more serious should it be located near important organs such as eyes and ears.
After an examination by a dermatologist, it is likely a biopsy will be performed to confirm if you have BCC.
Sun damage starts in childhood and poor protection puts children at risk for skin cancer later in life. However, you are never to old to practice sun safe behaviour.
– Avoid excessive sunlight exposure, particularly between 10am – 4pm
– Wear sun-protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat
– Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, apply 30mins before exposure and reapply every 90mins when outdoor (even on cloudy days)