Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) or Basal Cell Cancer is the most common type of skin cancer. When it first appears on the skin it may look just like a pimple, but unlike pimples Basal Cell cancers continue to grow and eat away at the tissue. It commonly looks like a shiny, pink or skin colored growth that bleeds and scabs easily. Although it is unlikely to spread to other organs, if left untreated it can invade and destroy vital structures such as bone and nerves.
With years of sun exposure, the UV rays that hit the skin can cause the genetics (DNA) of your skin cells to become damaged. The DNA of these cells is what dictates how your skin cells grow. Therefore, by altering the DNA through UV radiation, the cells can start to grow rapidly and irregularly turning into cancer cells such as Basal Cell Carcinomas.