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Basal Cell Cancer

Basal cell cancer is the most common skin cancer diagnosed each year.  Approximately 2 million individuals will be diagnosed with over 3 million actual skin cancers; some people have more than 1.

Fortunately basal cell tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads.  However if ignored can grow deeper and extend into the deeper tissues damaging vessels, nerves, muscles, even bone.

Surgical treatments of advanced basal cell can be difficult.  With early diagnosis the treatments are far easier.

Lesion Appearance

1.  Pink or red area with central dipping or indention.

2.  Scaly dry skin spot that persist despite washing and/or moisturizing.

3.  An area that simply does not heal, oozing, bleeding, crusting over and over.

4.  A round growth often a similar color or slightly pinker than the skin that is raised with slight skin texture change.  It may be shiny.  It may have small blood vessels on it.

5.  Certain type of basal cell cancer, morpheaform often will just show a slight different skin texture or coloration and can tend to spread extensively before being identified and often end up with a significant lesion requiring removal.

These occur most commonly in the head neck and arms, sun exposed areas, however they can form anywhere.

Frequent screening and timely treatments are the keys to limiting the morbidity of these cancers.

Treatments

1. Excisional Surgery

2.  Mohs Surgery

3.  Electrodessication and curettage (Ed&C)

4.  Cryosurgery

5.  Topical Medications

6.  Radiation Therapy

 

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