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Question about basal cell carcinoma. Do you get it only on the surfaces that get direct sunlight?

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Dr. Michael Persky
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Basal cell carcinoma is most common in areas of direct sunlight, but can occur on other areas of the body.
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In brief: No

Basal cell carcinoma is most common in areas of direct sunlight, but can occur on other areas of the body.
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Dr. Michael Persky
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not always

Although bcc occurs most commonly commonly on sun exposed areas of the body, it can easily occur on other protected body parts.

In brief: Not always

Although bcc occurs most commonly commonly on sun exposed areas of the body, it can easily occur on other protected body parts.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
BCC can occur on any area of the body.
Dr. Clark Schierle
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Basal Cell Risk

Sun exposure is the major risk factor for developing basal cell cancer, but not the only one.
Rare cases have been reported where, quite literally, "the sun doesn't shine.".

In brief: Basal Cell Risk

Sun exposure is the major risk factor for developing basal cell cancer, but not the only one.
Rare cases have been reported where, quite literally, "the sun doesn't shine.".
Dr. Clark Schierle
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Probably not.

Sunlight, and uv exposed areas are the most frequent sites for basal cell cancer.
Iinsecticides, and exposure to ionizing radiation are also risk factors.

In brief: Probably not.

Sunlight, and uv exposed areas are the most frequent sites for basal cell cancer.
Iinsecticides, and exposure to ionizing radiation are also risk factors.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually

There are exceptions, but not many.
Welders get them under the chin, for example, where the uv light thrown off by the torch strikes unprotected skin. Patients with basal cell nevus syndrome are very prone to them, but still usually get them on sun-exposed areas.

In brief: Usually

There are exceptions, but not many.
Welders get them under the chin, for example, where the uv light thrown off by the torch strikes unprotected skin. Patients with basal cell nevus syndrome are very prone to them, but still usually get them on sun-exposed areas.
Dr. Steven Harris
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