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Learn more about how to spot basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

How to look for a BCC.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. BCC starts in the basal cells of the epidermis (top layer of skin). 


Check for BCCs where your skin is most exposed to the sun - typically the face, scalp, ears, neck, chest, shoulders and back. However, BCCs can occur anywhere on the body. BCCs can be slow growing over months and years. The earlier a BCC is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. They most often occur in people aged 50 years and older, but can also occur in younger people too.


5 warning signs include: 

BCCs frequently show two or more of the following signs:

  • Shiny bump that is typically pearly, clear pink, red or white but can also be black or brown in dark-skinned people

  • Pink growth with a raised, rolled edges, central ulceration and surface blood vessels

  • Open sore that does not heal and may bleed

  • Scar-like area in which the skin looks shiny and taut, typically with poorly defined borders 

  • Red irritated area

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