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Can stage 4 basal cell carcinoma be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are several ways you may be able to help prevent stage 4 basal cell carcinoma. The most important way to prevent basal cell carcinoma from advancing to stage 4 is by treating earlier stages of basal cell carcinoma as soon as you're diagnosed, and by seeing your doctor about any unusual growths or sores as soon as you notice them. Make sure to check your skin regularly for any abnormal growths, especially if you're at a higher risk for stage 4 basal cell carcinoma or if you've had it before. Because stage 4 basal cell carcinoma is related to sun exposure, it's important to protect your skin from the sun. Avoid too much sun exposure, especially during its strongest hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If you are outside, wear plenty of sunscreen all year round, and wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Doctors suggest that a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and vitamin D may also help prevent stage 4 basal cell carcinoma.

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