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How does stage 1 basal cell carcinoma affect the body?

Stage 1 basal cell carcinoma starts in the bottom part of the epidermis, which is the skin's top layer. An overgrowth of skin cells eventually builds up and forms a tumor. Stage 1 basal cell carcinoma tumors are usually small, shiny growths that may bleed easily, or scab and crust. Tumors, which are less than 2 centimeters in diameter at this stage, usually form on areas of sun-exposed skin, often on the neck and head. While in stage 1, basal cell carcinomas are still mostly in the epidermis, but if left untreated, they will slowly continue to spread deeper into the skin.

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