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    What is basal cell carcinoma?

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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. It develops from cells in the basal layers of the epidermis and is the most common but least dangerous human cancer worldwide.

    There are different types of basal cell carcinomas so not every BCC looks the same. They commonly have raised borders, a pearly central area and visible small blood vessels. They may be scaly or look like a scar or chronically inflamed patch of skin. Some BCCs are pigmented, but this is unusual. Risk factors for the developing basal cell carcinoma include chronic exposure to UV light, fair skin, immunosuppression and the rare conditions xeroderma pigmentosum and Gorlin syndrome.

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Epworth Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Sincalir Dermatology currently recruiting patients with an untreated nodular BCC for a new vaccine trial.  Patients living in Victoria, who are interested in participating should contact Dr Carol Robinson on carol.robinson@sincalirdermatology.com.au.

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    Julia Conte

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Hi, I'm actually in SA, however have just been diagnosed with a BCC in between my eye & nose area.  A local dermatologist as referred me to a plastic surgeon to have this removed, however I am curious as to your trial, or if there is someone in SA that is participating in it?  I was investigating Curaderm BEC5 cream & wondered what your thoughts were on this?

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