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DISEASE STUDIES

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that starts in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. Most basal cell cancers occur on skin that is regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation. It is a non-melanoma skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma is a particular type of cancer: it is considered malignant but rarely metastasizes or kills. Nonetheless it can be aggressive in the area where it is located and can easily infiltrate the surrounding tissues (grow larger and deeper). Basal cell cancer starts in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis.

This type of skin cancer is most common in people over age 40 and Caucasian. But it can occur in younger people who have had extensive sun exposure or frequently use tanning beds.

GENE OR REGION STUDIED


  • PADI6
  • 1q42.13