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9. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

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Basal cell cancer (BCC) is the single-most common type of skin cancer; experts estimate that about 4.3 million people receive a BCC diagnosis in the United States every year. Fortunately, the survival rate of BCC is high, especially if it is caught early.

What is BCC?

Basal cells can help create new skin cells, and they are found at the bottom of the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma occurs when these cells become malignant.

How deadly is BCC?

The good news about BCC? If caught early enough (and it usually is), there is an incredibly high chance that someone can receive treatment and make a full recovery with minimal—if any—complications. In fact, there is not much research on advanced stages of BCC because it is so rare.

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