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What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer accounting for 80% of all skin cancer diagnosis. It is rarely fatal but it can be aggressive and needs to be addressed. Below is one example of what it can look like, but it can look very different from person to person. If you have any unusual skin condition call us today!

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What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer and occurs when basal cells, which are located in the bottom layer of the epidermis, become malignant. BCC can cause disfiguring lesions; however, if caught early, it can often be treated successfully.


The primary symptoms of BCC include an open sore that does not heal and bleeds easily, a raised reddish patch or growth on the skin that may crust or bleed, and a pinkish-white growth with visible blood vessels. While these signs can be indicative of other conditions, it is important to note that any changes in your skin should always be checked out by a doctor.


When diagnosing BCC, we will typically perform a biopsy to confirm the presence of cancerous cells. Treatment for BCC depends on its size, location, and how deeply it has spread into the skin. This can include topical creams that contain chemotherapy drugs, cryosurgery (freezing), radiation therapy, and surgery. In more severe cases, Mohs micrographic surgery may be recommended.


It is important to remember that BCC is caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. To reduce your risk of developing BCC and other types of skin cancer, it is recommended that you limit your time in the sun and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when outdoors. Additionally, regular self-exams should be performed as a way to detect any suspicious changes in your skin. Early detection is key to successful treatment and reducing the risk of disfigurement or scarring.


Treating BCC early is essential for achieving optimal outcomes, so if you notice any changes in your skin that don’t heal or resolve after several months, it is important to contact us right away. With prompt action and proper care, most cases of BCC can be successfully treated with minimal impact on quality of life.

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