To date, men 52 years + are found to outnumber women with this type of skin cancer, but women are getting more BCC’s than before. Your clients that are working in occupations that require numerous hours of being in the sun, or for those just spending leisure time in the sun each day are particularly susceptible. Anyone with a history of sun exposure can develop BCC even though high risk cases occur with people with fair skin, blond or red hair, and light eyes.
BCC’s are slowly growing cancers that rarely metastasise. When looking for BCC’s on our client’s skins, let’s scrutinise the skin in sun exposed areas, and especially below the eyes as this is quite a common place on the face that this skin cancer can be found.
The lower risk BCC’s are the nodular and superficial BCC’s.
Nodular BCC’s may have the following characteristics: pearly, white, translucent appearance with fine telangiecstasia (blood vessels), rolled edges possibly with central ulceration. This could also present as a sore that never heals and it can bleed easily.
Superficial BCC’s are often scaly, red and look like a rash which is often misdiagnosed as ringworm. This lesion commonly spreads across the surface of the skin.
Local tissue destruction is the issue with this cancer especially if not addressed properly and especially if the lesion is located on the face.
Recognition of these BCC’s need to be referred to the clients dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.