12 doctors weighed in:
How come I have basal cell carcinoma, but nobody else in the family has it?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sun exposure
Basal cell cancers are typically caused by sun exposure.
There is some degree genetic risk, but sun exposure is the primary risk factor. They typically appear on sun exposed areas of the body likes the nose and ears.

In brief: Sun exposure
Basal cell cancers are typically caused by sun exposure.
There is some degree genetic risk, but sun exposure is the primary risk factor. They typically appear on sun exposed areas of the body likes the nose and ears.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not familial
In general, basal cell carcinoma is not a genetically transmitted.
It is mostly due to excessive sun exposure of the skin and cancerous transformation of damaged cells. It takes years to manifest itself and slow growing in general. Nevertheless, the less pigmentation in the skin, the more you are prone to get basal cell cancer. Sun protection is your best defense against it.

In brief: Not familial
In general, basal cell carcinoma is not a genetically transmitted.
It is mostly due to excessive sun exposure of the skin and cancerous transformation of damaged cells. It takes years to manifest itself and slow growing in general. Nevertheless, the less pigmentation in the skin, the more you are prone to get basal cell cancer. Sun protection is your best defense against it.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: There is no reason
Like alot of things.
Wouldn't really help to figure it out but you could've had moresun or been exposed to pcbs or other toxins.

In brief: There is no reason
Like alot of things.
Wouldn't really help to figure it out but you could've had moresun or been exposed to pcbs or other toxins.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sun exposure
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common cancer may run in families but is also caused by sun exposure.

In brief: Sun exposure
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common cancer may run in families but is also caused by sun exposure.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Basal cell cancer
There are many explanations for why an individual gets bcc but the overwhelming cause tends to e related to sun exposure in a susceptible individual.

In brief: Basal cell cancer
There are many explanations for why an individual gets bcc but the overwhelming cause tends to e related to sun exposure in a susceptible individual.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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