Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common cancers in Australia, however most are not life-threatening.

There are two main types: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).

BCC accounts for about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It begins in the lower layer of the epidermis (top, outer layer of the skin). It can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly develops on parts of the body that receive high or intermittent sun exposure (head, face, neck, shoulders and back).

BCC often has no symptoms and tends to grow slowly without spreading to other parts of the body.

Symptoms of BCC may include:

  • a pearly lump
  • a scaly, dry area that is shiny and pale or bright pink in colour.

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