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Were you looking for information about Basal Cell Carcinoma? Basil cell cancer is a common variation of basal cell carcinoma.
 
Ninety percent of all skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinoma. The cancer is commonly found on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms.
 
The carcinoma is often removed completely during biopsy, requiring no further treatment. In most cases, the disease is curable; but people who have had it have a higher-than-average risk of developing skin cancer again. While not all changes in the skin are a sign of this condition, you should consult a healthcare provider if you see changes in your skin.
 
Staying out of the sun is the best way to prevent this disease. In particular, try to avoid midday sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon). When you are out in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen.
  
(Click Basal Cell Carcinoma for more detail about basal cell carcinoma, including risk factors, prevention tips, and treatment options for this type of skin cancer. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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