One of the most common causes of basal cell carcinoma is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning beds. UV rays can damage the basal skin cells and cause mutations in their DNA. These cells, which are responsible for creating new skin cells, may start to multiply faster than normal as a result of DNA mutations. This can create an excess of basal cells that accumulate and eventually form a tumor. Basal cell carcinoma commonly develops on areas of the skin that get the most sun exposure, such as the face and shoulders. However, this type of skin cancer can develop in other areas as well.
Residents of Tampa, Florida, can reduce the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma by limiting their exposure to UV rays. However, scientists have identified additional causes and risk factors associated with basal cell carcinoma, such as:
- Exposure to carcinogenic substances
- Certain genetic diseases that cause skin cancer
- Exposure to high levels of arsenic
- Having a suppressed immune system, either from an underlying condition or from taking certain medications
- Having a family history of skin cancer
At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, our medical experts continue to research the causes of basal cell carcinoma and develop innovative treatment options for skin cancer through a robust clinical trials program. In fact, we are the only cancer center based in Florida that has earned the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for our dedication to advancing cancer research. In addition to having access to the latest and most innovative treatments, our patients benefit from the high level of skill and experience that the medical professionals within our Cutaneous Oncology Program offer.
Residents of Tampa, FL, who would like to discuss the causes of basal cell carcinoma and the treatment options available at Moffitt Cancer Center can fill out a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. Moffitt does not require a referral to schedule an appointment.