Risk Factors:  Basal Cell Carcinoma

Anyone can develop basal cell carcinoma; however, the following increases one’s risk of developing this cancer:

bullet A history of sun exposure
bullet Fair, white skin, especially when the person has blond or red hair and blue, green, or gray eyes
bullet Sun sensitive, or tendency to burn or freckle rather than tan
bullet Previous case of basal cell carcinoma (The chance of a second occurrence is 40%.)
bullet Close blood relative diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma
bullet Weakened immune system; conditions that weaken the immune system include lymphoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and long-term treatment with medications used to prevent organ rejection.
bullet Received ionizing radiation treatments, such as X-rays (Basal cell carcinoma may appear 15-20 years after exposure.)
bullet History of exposure to arsenic, coal, industrial tar, or paraffin
bullet Basal cell nevus syndrome, also known as Gorlin’s syndrome, is a rare inherited disorder characterized by a number of abnormalities, including multiple basal cell carcinomas, small pits on the palms and soles, and jaw cysts.
bullet Xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare inherited condition that makes one less able to repair damage caused by sunlight.

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology

Over half of all new cancers are skin cancers.

American Cancer Society’s
2004 Facts & Figures





     © American Academy of Dermatology, 2010  All rights reserved.

Disclaimer           Copyright Information