What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that is very common and very treatable. It often develops on sun exposed areas such as the face. It is important to have any suspicious activity on your skin evaluated. Early detection is not only in your best interest in terms of curing the disease but also minimizing the impact it may have on your body.
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that usually appears on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, neck, and arms. It is generally considered a slow-growing cancer and is often curable with proper treatment. The treatment of basal cell carcinoma depends on the size, location, and type of cancer.
Here are some common treatment options:
Surgical Excision: This involves removing the cancerous lesion with a scalpel. This method is usually recommended for smaller tumors that have not spread.
Mohs Surgery: This is a specialized surgical technique that removes the tumor in stages, examining each layer under a microscope until all cancer cells are removed.
Radiation Therapy: This involves using high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. It is generally used for tumors that cannot be removed surgically or when surgery is not an option.
Topical Medications: Medications such as 5-fluorouracil cream, imiquimod cream, and diclofenac gel can be applied directly to the skin to treat small, superficial basal cell carcinomas.
Photodynamic Therapy: This involves the use of a special light and a photosensitizing agent to kill cancer cells.
It is essential to consult with us for the appropriate treatment plan for basal cell carcinoma. We will consider the type, location, size, and other factors to determine the best treatment option for the individual case.