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How does stage 2 basal cell carcinoma affect the body?

Stage 2 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 2 basal cell carcinoma tumors are usually small, shiny growths that may bleed easily, or scab and crust. Tumors, which can be over 2 centimeters in diameter at this stage, usually form on areas of sun-exposed skin, often on the neck and head. While in stage 2, basal cell carcinomas are still mostly in the epidermis, but they may spread deeper into the lower layers of skin, may be thicker than 2 millimeters, and may begin to take over tiny nerves in the skin. If left untreated, these tumors will continue to spread deeper into the skin and surrounding tissue.

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