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Cancer answers: What is basal cell carcinoma?

Written by Community Health Network on 5/29/2014 7:00:00 AM

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer.

"Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer we diagnose in Indiana,” said Dr. Priya Young, dermatologist. "Nationwide, this cancer accounts for about 80 percent of cases."

It usually forms on skin that has been exposed to the sun for many years. Common places that basal cell develops include the head, neck, back of the hands and face, especially the nose.

It grows slowly over time and seldom spreads, but can destroy tissue and bone around it if not treated. It is the easiest skin cancer to treat and has a high cure rate when found and treated early.

According to SkinCancer.org, there are five warning signs of basal cell carcinoma tumors to look for: continue reading ...

Tags: basal cell carcinoma | Posted in: Skin Cancer

Don't fry, reapply

Written by Community Health Network on 5/21/2014 10:45:00 AM

Sunny or cloudy, the UV rays can burn. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun and reapply every two hours for the best protection.

Reapply sunscreen to avoid skin damageDermatologists recommend lotion over sprays because they provide more even coverage. If you are planning to use a spray, rub the lotion in and be persistent about reapplication.

Look for these factors in your sunscreen:

  • SPF 30
  • "Broad-spectrum" to protect from both UVA and UVB rays
  • Water-resistant continue reading ...


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