What Can I Do to Protect Myself Against Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Fortunately, most BCCs are found early and cured. Still, it is very important to pay attention to sun safety. Avoid being in the sun during peak daylight hours, always apply (and reapply) sunscreen and wear protective clothing, sunglasses and wide brimmed hats.
Talk to your family and friends about the importance of skin cancer prevention too.
Be sure to see your dermatologist regularly for skin exams. Pay close attention to any sores or bumps that might develop on your skin. Try to do regular self skin exams; make a date with your partner to check areas you can’t see like your back, scalp back of your legs or buttocks).
Questions to Ask About BCC
- What type of biopsy am I having?
- How soon will I know the results?
- How much of the skin/tissue will be taken? Will there be a lot of scarring?
- What is the plan if it is cancerous (malignant)?
- What treatment is most likely to work?
- How likely is it that it will return?
- What should I be doing to prevent skin cancer from coming back?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Could I have BCCNS?