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Basal cell carcinoma, also known as basal cell cancer, is the most common type of skin cancer. It develops in cells at the base layer of your skin. Basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads. However, it can still be a serious disease, as it can destroy bone and other tissues under the skin.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health who specializes in treating skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, in Arizona. Use our online tool or call us at 855.666.2839. We provide comprehensive cancer care at Chandler Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona.
Skin cancer most commonly occurs on sun-exposed areas of the skin. But it’s possible to develop it just about anywhere, including the palms of your hands, genitals, and inside of your mouth.
Signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma include:
Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma is a highly preventable disease. The key to prevention is avoiding exposure to UV light. Whenever you're in the sun, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer.
At Dignity Health, your care team includes board certified medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgeons, as well as social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, and spiritual care experts. Cancer resources, such as counseling and support groups, are available to both you and your family members.
Treatment options depend on the stage of basal cell carcinoma. Your doctor may recommend: