Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer. Usually this form of skin cancer grows slowly but studies have shown that basal cell cancers that develop on the ear are larger and more aggressive than other head-and-neck cancers and are commonly found on men.
A main contributor to the tumor’s growth is the ear’s shape, which enables tumors to grow into concealed areas of skin long before they are noticeable. Men also tend to have shorter hair and their ears get a lot of sun exposure. Often men will wear a baseball cap but their ears are exposed and what man do you know wears sunscreen on their ears?
I wax a lot of men’s ears for unwanted hair so I have the opportunity to examine them closely. Some men grow hair on the back of the ear so I check back there looking for stray long hairs. I also check all the folds for hair. Most men have the most hair on the outer rim. From a cancer viewpoint that may not be the worst possible scenario because that hair will protect the skin from the sun. From a grooming standpoint, hair on the ears is not attractive.
As a man, there are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself from basal cell on your ears: wear sunscreen; if you are getting your hair cut have your ears inspected by the stylist and ask anyone who comes in contact with your ears to give them an inspection. It might be on of the best things you’ve ever done!