Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

A. BCC is the most common cancer in the United States.

  1. It is estimated that BCCs occur in 2 million Americans annually:
  • This exceeds the incidence of all other cancers combined.
  1. Due to its prevalence, treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in the United States costs Medicare more than $400 million per year.
  2. Furthermore, the incidence of this common malignancy is rising rapidly.
  3. BCCs are at least 2 times more common than squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs):
  • The second most common type of skin cancer.
  1. Although rarely metastatic, BCC can produce substantial local destruction along with disfigurement and may involve extensive areas of soft tissue, cartilage, and bone.
  2. Fortunately BCCs generally have a good prognosis due to low rates of metastasis.

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