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How common is stage 4 basal cell carcinoma?

It's difficult to determine the exact number of cases of stage 4 basal cell carcinoma because the disease may be diagnosed and treated before it's progressed to stage 4. Basal cell carcinoma tends to grow slowly and not spread to other parts of the body. In general, basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of cancer. It's estimated that in the United States, some 2.8 million people develop basal cell carcinoma annually.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. More than two million cases are diagnosed every year. Similar to other skin cancers, BCC tends to grow on areas that are exposed to sunlight. It is important to bring any mole or area of concern to your healthcare provider's attention before these areas spread.

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