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BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
A type of skin cancer that arises from the basal cells, small round cells found in the lower part (or base) of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in humans. It develops in the basal cell layer of the skin and can, if neglected, be very destructive and locally disfiguring. It rarely metastasizes (spread beyond the skin).
Because basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads, a biopsy often is the only test needed to determine the stage. In patients where the growth is very large or has been present for a long time, the doctor will carefully check the lymph nodes in the area. In addition, the patient may need to have additional tests, such as special x-rays, to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Knowing the stage of a skin cancer helps the doctor plan the best treatment.
CUBA SKIN INSTITUTE is a non-profit humanitarian public-private effort in healthcare services related to educating people about proper skin care as well as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, including skin cancers. If you undergo a skin biopsy, the skin specimen may be sent to CUBA SKIN INSTITUTE for processing, evaluation, diagnosis, and inclusion in its database. Ongoing national research furthers our efforts to continually improve skin disease diagnosis and treatment.
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