What is a basal cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It usually affects exposed skin. It’s appearance is variable, ranging from a small nodule to a medium-sized sore patch on the skin. In terms of the eyes, BCCs may be found on or near the eyelids.
What causes a BCC?
The main factor is sun exposure. This could be as a result of, for example, living in warmer climates or working outdoors. However, some people are more prone to developing BCCs than others, therefore these factors do not apply to everyone.
What is the treatment for a BCC near the eyes?
The usual way of dealing with a BCC near the eyes is to have it surgically removed, and reconstruct the area that has been treated.
Can a BCC come back?
It is unlikely for a BCC to return in the same area that has been treated. However, the likelihood of developing other BCCs increases once a person has had one BCC.
Keep an eye out for any new little bumps or lumps. BCCs are easily missed, so always be vigilant and see your eye care practitioner for advice.
Useful link: for more information on BCCs, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation.