The most frequently seen skin cancer. It arises from basal cells of the epidermis and pilosebaceous units. Clinically it is divided into the following types: nodular, ulcerative, superficial, multicentric, erythematous, and sclerosing or morphea-like. More than 95% of these carcinomas occur in patients over 40. They develop on hair-bearing skin, most commonly on sun-exposed areas. Approximately 85% are found on the head and neck and the remaining 15% on the trunk and extremities. Basal cell carcinoma usually grows in a slow and indolent fashion. However, if untreated, the tumor may invade the subcutaneous fat, skeletal muscle and bone. Distant metastases are rare. Excision, curettage and irradiation cure most basal cell carcinomas. [ ]

Synonyms: basal cell carcinoma of skin BCC skin basal cell carcinoma malignant basal cell neoplasm basal cell skin carcinoma basal cell neoplasm basal cell epithelioma epithelioma basal cell Rodent ulcer Skin Basal Cell Carcinoma basal cell cancer basal cell carcinoma of the skin carcinoma, basal cell basal cell carcinoma skin basal cell cancer

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  • OMIM:605462 (
  • OMIM:614740 (
  • DOID (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • SCTID (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • COHD (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • NCIt
  • ICDO (NCIT:C2921)
  • UMLS (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • CSP (DOID:2513)
  • UMLS (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • UMLS (NCIT:C2921)
  • MSH
  • KEGG (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • HP (MONDO:otherHierarchy)
  • NCIT (MONDO:equivalentTo)
  • ONCOTREE (MONDO:equivalentTo)


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malignant basal cell tumor, malignant basal cell tumor (morphologic abnormality), basal cell tumor (morphologic abnormality), basal cell tumor, basal cell neoplasm (morphologic abnormality), basal cell carcinoma NOS (morphologic abnormality), basal cell neoplasm NOS (morphologic abnormality)



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