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Basal Cell Carcinoma Prevention


The following are ways to decrease your chance of developing basal cell carcinoma:

  • Reduce sun exposure especially by wearing sunscreen, long sleeves and slacks, and hats.
  • Stay out of the sun during midday hours.
  • People who ski and enjoy other winter sports should be aware that UV light is stronger at higher elevations, and should take precautions (eg, wearing sunscreen).
  • At-risk adults should examine themselves monthly and get an annual full-body exam by a dermatologist to check for moles, freckles, and other growths.
  • Limit sun exposure/tanning for children and teens.
  • Learn to recognize early basal cell carcinoma and seek treatment.
  • Some patients can take a retinoid (eg, vitamin A1) to help prevent a return of the cancer.

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