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Is stage 4 basal cell carcinoma serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Stage 4 basal cell carcinoma is the fifth and final phase of development of the cancer, so it's the most serious stage. Basal cell carcinoma isn't often life-threatening, but by the time it reaches stage 4, it's already begun to spread to bones, lymph nodes, and other organs. This means treatment is more difficult by the time the cancer has reached this stage. Because of this, it's important to see a doctor if you notice symptoms of stage 4 basal cell carcinoma.

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