Basal Cell Carcinoma 

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer for Canadians. Basal cell carcinomas are abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal layer. This is in the skin’s outermost layer, called the epidermis.
  • This type of skin cancer does not typically spread outside of the original tumor.
  • Basal cell carcinoma will typically look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars, and are caused by sun exposure.
  • BCCs are found predominantly on the head and neck (80%), followed by the trunk (15%), arms and legs.