ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Skin cancer. Elderly man with skin cancer on his hand. The tumour has reached a stage which is beyond curative treatment. This is a common form of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma, which arises in the basal cells present in the deepest layers of the skin. It grows slowly and invades local tissues, causing considerable damage to adjacent tissues. Skin cancer is associated with long-term exposure to sunlight.
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