Skin cancer

Skin cancer

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Skin cancer. Close-up of a basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, on the nose of a 76-year-old woman. Basal cell carcinomas, also known as rodent ulcers, are the most common form of skin cancer among fair-skinned people, mostly affecting the elderly. They usually appear on the face and are thought to be caused by the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Although they slowly destroy surrounding tissues, they seldom spread to other parts of the body. Treatments include surgery, cryosurgery and radiotherapy.

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Keywords: basal cell carcinoma, cancerous, condition, disorder, elderly, female, geriatric, growth, healthcare, medical, medicine, nose, oap, old, old-aged pensioner, patient, rodent ulcer, senior citizen, skin cancer, tumour, woman

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