Prevention of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Regular self-examination is essential to prevent basal cell carcinoma. It is recommended that all people, regardless of risk factors, examine their skin regularly for suspicious growths to provide early detection and improve the outcome. Sun protection, including minimizing overall exposure, regular use of sunscreen, wearing hats and protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds decreases the risk for developing BCC.

Patients who are at increased risk for developing the disease should be regularly examined by a dermatologist, perhaps using photographs to help assess skin changes. After treatment, patients should be examined every 6 months for 5 years, and then once a year.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 14 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 24 Aug 2015