Skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma

Skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma

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Credit: MICHAEL ABBEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Light micrograph of a section through human skin afflicted with a basal cell carcinoma, a common skin tumour that arises from the basal cells of the epidermis. Although the cancer behaves malignantly by invading the underlying dermis it almost never metastasizes (spreads to other tissues). The section shows a typical growth pattern of the tumour (blue stain), growing downwards into the dermis. Basal cell carcinomas occur mostly on areas of skin exposed to light, particularly the face. They appear as raised lesions which undergo ulceration - hence the colloquial name of rodent ulcer. Magnification: x6 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: basal cell carcinoma, cancer, cancerous, condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, histolo, histology, light micrograph, malignancy, malignant, medical, medicine, rodent ulcer, skin, skin cancer

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