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Incidence of basal cell cancer increases with age. BCC may spread to nearby tissue, but usually does not metastasize (spread) to distant sites. The prognosis is good, in most cases, and follow-up examinations are important because recurrences may occur.
Inherited disorders that manifest a greater sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation also increase the risk for BCC. For example, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (also called the basal cell nevus syndrome) causes multiple tumors to develop at a young age.
If you have a growth or sore that doesn’t seem to heal or a pimple that bleeds, this may be a basal cell carcinoma and should be evaluated by Dr. Kolansky.