Basal cell cancer (BCC)
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Basal cell cancer (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer and appears frequently on the head (nose is #1 location) and neck, and other areas of chronic sun exposure as a small, fleshy to red bump or sometimes a red scabby flat patch. Basal cell carcinomas are frequently found in fair-skinned people and rarely occur in dark skin. It is fairly slow growing. Untreated, the cancer often will begin to bleed, crust over, heal, and repeat the cycle. This type of cancer very rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body), but it can extend below the skin to the bone and nerves, causing local damage.


Famous people who have had a basal cell cancer (BCC):

  • Elizabeth Taylor (actress)
  • William H. Macy (actor)
  • Bill Clinton (former US President)
  • Bruce Jenner (Olympian/reality TV)
  • Hugh Jackman (actor)
  • Jimmy Johnson (NASCAR)

CancerSmart: Skin Cancer – The ABCDE’s of Melanoma

Here is a selection of media articles quoting our renowned dermatologists Dr. Benjamin Barankin and Dr. Anatoli Freiman as they pertain to basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

Basal Cell Carcinoma: A slow growing nodular lesion
Sclerosing Basal Cell Carcinoma
Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma



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