WHAT IS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA NEVUS SYNDROME (BCCNS)?
Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) are the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring of all cancers. In the US alone an estimate 3.6 million cases are diagnosed each year. BCCs arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells. – Skin Cancer Foundation
Hereditary Basal Cell Carcinomas or Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS) occur in Gorlin Syndrome – an autosomal dominant inherited disorder. Gorlin Syndrome is an Orphan Disease which effects ~10,000 people in the United States. The disease is caused by a genetic abnormality in the PTCH Gene and will cause the individual to endure life-long formations of BCC tumors.