Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It usually occurs on areas of the skin that have been in the sun, most often the nose.
Often this cancer appears as a raised bump that looks smooth and pearly. Another type looks like a scar and is flat and firm and may be white, yellow, or waxy.
Basal cell carcinoma may spread to tissues around the cancer, but it usually does not spread to other parts of the body.
Because basal cell carcinoma can resemble other skin conditions, tell your doctor about unusual skin changes or lesions, especially these:
Reference: National Cancer Institute
Last updated: February 12, 2016