Since basal skin cancer is the easiest to treat, the least likely to spread into other areas and a non-melanoma type, you may be tempted to just ignore it.
You will think that treatment can wait because other more important matters need your attention.
What happens when you ignore it?
Basal skin cancer may not be on top of the deadliest forms of skin cancer but its complications are causes for concern, too. Many of our sun-loving friends have experienced said consequences and we would not want them to happen to you as well.
For one thing, basal cancer of the skin can lead to extensive damage to the surrounding tissues, muscles and bones when these are not removed as soon as possible. It is neither a pretty sight on the outside nor a good thing on the inside of your body.
For another thing, basal cell carcinoma exhibits a high degree of recurrence. In general, it can recur within the next 5 years after treatment, possibly with more possible complications if you have failed to treat it during its first appearance.
With these reasons in mind, preventive measures should be adopted to avoid contracting even this mildest form of skin cancer. After all, skin cancer is skin cancer no matter how it is called by the experts.
What to do for your protection?
Studies have shown that most of the cases of basal skin cancer are caused by long-term exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays ( UV rays ).
So it is important to avoid sun exposure especially when it is at its strongest. Usually, this happens between 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon even in the dead of winter or in extremely cloudy weather.
Keep in mind that the sun's rays are actually more powerful when reflected off sand, water and snow while clouds offer very little protection against ultraviolet radiation.
Wearing of organic sunscreen the whole year-round is also recommended, whether it is summer or winter, because of the above mentioned reasons.
Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 about thirty minutes before sun exposure and then re-applying it every 2 hours as well as after exercising and swimming - sweat and water washes it away.
Do pay attention to every part of your body since basal cell carcinoma can affect body parts not usually exposed to the sun.
We are talking about your whole body as well as your face from the ears down to the tips of the toes. However, do not rely too much on sunscreen as these cannot filter out the sun's ultraviolet rays.
Throw in sunglasses and you are good to go. You may look out of place in some cases but you have the assurance of more sun protection. And in the long run, that matters more than anything.
If you can prevent basal skin cancer from happening to you, then you should take all the necessary measures to protect your skin. After all, pale skin can be beautiful just as long as it is healthy.