Date: Jul 2018
Risk Factors for Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Have fair skin, especially if you also have lighter eyes and hair
- Burn easily
- Have had sunburn often, especially in childhood
- Spend a lot of time in the sun or use tanning beds
- Don’t use sunscreen or other forms of sun protection
- Have had a BCC or another form of skin cancer before
- Have close family members who were affected, as there may be a genetic component
Spotting a BCC
- A small raised lump or a flat patch on your skin
- Pink, red, brown, pearly, waxy or shiny
- Crusted, bleeding or oozing
- An open sore that doesn’t heal normally
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