Basal cells are a type of cell in the innermost layer of the epidermis or other epithelial tissue. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a the most common form of skin cancer in humans. BCC is considered low risk and rarely life threatening. It is considered low risk because it is unlikely to spread to other parts of your body. That said, if left untreated, basal cell carcinoma can move into nearby nerve, tissue, or bone.
As with other forms of skin cancer (squamous cell and melanoma), those with fair skin, blond hair and light-colored eyes are also at a greater risk. BCC is the most common cancer in people of European descent and is particularly prevalent in Australia and New Zealand.
If you have family history of BCC and or have a lot of moles, check yourself regularly and see a dermatologist at least annually. Lesions can be pink, black, or brown, or look like a shiny pink or red patch on your skin. Sometimes, it looks like a flesh-colored mole. One main characteristic of basal cell carcinoma is that they tend to be fragile and can bleed easily.
There have been advances in the understanding of the molecular genetics of inherited and sporadic BCC. Malfunctioning of the hedgehog (HH) signalling pathway and gene mutations increase the risk of BCC.
Gorlin syndrome, also known as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, is a condition that affects many areas of the body and increases the risk of developing various cancerous and noncancerous tumors.
In people with Gorlin syndrome, the type of cancer diagnosed most often is basal cell carcinoma. Individuals with Gorlin syndrome typically begin to develop basal cell carcinomas during adolescence or early adulthood. These cancers occur most often on the face, chest, and back.
Options for treatment for BCC include:
- Topical medications include Imiquimod and Fluorouracil, and there are clinical trials for Patidegib Topical
- Oral medications include Vismodegib and Erivedge
- Excisional Surgery
- Mohs surgery
- Photodynamic therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Laser surgery
These are a few clinical trials going on for BCC.
As with all cancers, maintaining a low acidity diet as well as eating Alkaline foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and root vegetables will aid in either being cancer free, or helping heal those who have cancer.
Alternative solutions for BCC:
New and promising approaches using hypericin (found in St. John’s Wort) as NACA are becoming the focus of various research groups for BCC. Hypericin has demonstrated cytotoxic and antiproliferative properties against cancer cells.
Ionic Detox Foot Baths are said to have the following benefits: Purging of heavy metals, balanced pH, reduces inflammation, detoxes liver, and enhances the immune system.
I’ve heard people talk about the recipe that follows, as well as seen it on multiple posts on the internet. I guess it couldn’t hurt to try it, but if you do, pay close attention to the basal cell. Perhaps if nothing else, this remedy might help reduce it’s size.
Organic Coconut Oil
For each application:
Clean the BCC with hydrogen peroxide
In a glass bowl make a mixture of:
1 part coconut oil & 3 parts baking soda
Mix it thoroughly until it looks like a white paste and place on the BCC
Place a bandage, large enough to cover it
You can check it daily, but after 3 days take bandage off, wipe the area clean
Take a day and let it breath, then repeat this process for up to 10 days
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. There is a lot of talk about Rick Simpon Oil (RSO) around skin cancer. I have a friend who has amazing results with shrinking BCC using the RSO recipe.
If you have Basal Cell Carcinoma, I wish you the best of luck in your search for successful treatment.