Basal Cell Carcinoma   the most common type of skin cancer
Major Cause <ul><li>Sun exposure </li></ul>
What is it? <ul><li>Basal cell cancer develops in the basal cell layer of the skin. </li></ul><ul><li>When the cells are d...
Who gets it? <ul><li>Anyone  with a history of sun exposure </li></ul><ul><li>But the people at high risk have: </li></ul>...
Basal Cell – The Cancer  <ul><li>Basal Cell Carcinoma can look like a small pimple but must be treated in the early stages...
My Personal Experience
As a child and young adult… <ul><li>As a child I visited my father in Florida each summer, as a teenager I lived on the be...
Tons of Sun !!!!
<ul><li><iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;http://www.youtube.com/embed/_4jgUcxMezM&quot; fram...
Tons of Sun !!! <ul><li>While I used sunscreen, I rarely protected my skin with a hat or clothing. </li></ul>
Biopsy <ul><li>This summer, I went to the dermatologist because I was concerned about two ‘bumps’ that seemed to have appe...
I waited… <ul><li>The results of the biopsy were positive. I had basal-cell carcinoma on my cheek, forehead, and lip. Howe...
Mohs Surgery <ul><li>Mohs surgery allows for  </li></ul><ul><li>the removal of a skin  </li></ul><ul><li>cancer with very ...
Plastic Surgeon <ul><li>Although I do not have  </li></ul><ul><li>any plastic in my face,  </li></ul><ul><li>a plastic sur...
The healing process… Day Three  Day Four
It gets worse before it gets better… Day Five  Day Six
The swelling decreasing… Day Seven  Day Nine
Today Day 19 <ul><li>The surgery was a painful process but with the help and patience of my friends and family, I survived...
Could this happen to you? <ul><li>Yes!!! </li></ul><ul><li>“Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will...
Can it be prevented? <ul><li>Yes!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Wear sunscreen </li></ul><ul><li>Limit sun exposure </li></ul><ul><l...
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

  1. 1. Basal Cell Carcinoma the most common type of skin cancer
  2. 2. Major Cause <ul><li>Sun exposure </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is it? <ul><li>Basal cell cancer develops in the basal cell layer of the skin. </li></ul><ul><li>When the cells are damaged by UV rays, the DNA mutates and a tumor develops. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who gets it? <ul><li>Anyone with a history of sun exposure </li></ul><ul><li>But the people at high risk have: </li></ul><ul><li>Fair skin </li></ul><ul><li>Blonde or red hair </li></ul><ul><li>Blue, green, or grey eyes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Basal Cell – The Cancer <ul><li>Basal Cell Carcinoma can look like a small pimple but must be treated in the early stages. </li></ul><ul><li>Through it does not spread to vital organs, it can grow, causing tissue destruction. </li></ul><ul><li>If I waited, the surgeon may have had to use a skin graft to repair the wound. </li></ul>
  6. 6. My Personal Experience
  7. 7. As a child and young adult… <ul><li>As a child I visited my father in Florida each summer, as a teenager I lived on the beach in central Florida, I went to college in Florida, then moved to the Bahamas. </li></ul><ul><li>Living on the coast, spending the majority of my time in the water and boating meant… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tons of Sun !!!!
  9. 9. <ul><li><iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;http://www.youtube.com/embed/_4jgUcxMezM&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen></iframe> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tons of Sun !!! <ul><li>While I used sunscreen, I rarely protected my skin with a hat or clothing. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Biopsy <ul><li>This summer, I went to the dermatologist because I was concerned about two ‘bumps’ that seemed to have appeared over night. </li></ul><ul><li>The dermatologist performed a biopsy. He shaved off the top layer of skin with a flexible razor and sent the sample to a laboratory. </li></ul>
  12. 12. I waited… <ul><li>The results of the biopsy were positive. I had basal-cell carcinoma on my cheek, forehead, and lip. However, it was the beginning of the school year and I didn’t want to miss the first month class. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mohs Surgery <ul><li>Mohs surgery allows for </li></ul><ul><li>the removal of a skin </li></ul><ul><li>cancer with very narrow </li></ul><ul><li>surgical margin and a </li></ul><ul><li>high cure rate. </li></ul>Day One
  14. 14. Plastic Surgeon <ul><li>Although I do not have </li></ul><ul><li>any plastic in my face, </li></ul><ul><li>a plastic surgeon is </li></ul><ul><li>an artist. They ensure </li></ul><ul><li>the stitches do not </li></ul><ul><li>leave scars. </li></ul>Day Two
  15. 15. The healing process… Day Three Day Four
  16. 16. It gets worse before it gets better… Day Five Day Six
  17. 17. The swelling decreasing… Day Seven Day Nine
  18. 18. Today Day 19 <ul><li>The surgery was a painful process but with the help and patience of my friends and family, I survived. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Could this happen to you? <ul><li>Yes!!! </li></ul><ul><li>“Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once.” – National Cancer Institute </li></ul>
  20. 20. Can it be prevented? <ul><li>Yes!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Wear sunscreen </li></ul><ul><li>Limit sun exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Wear a hat </li></ul><ul><li>If you really want a tan, buy it, it comes in a bottle. </li></ul>

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