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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for basal cell carcinoma?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Examination, biopsy: Many basal cell carcinomas can be diagnosed by history and appearance. If there is doubt, a simple in-office biopsy can give a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Biopsy: The only test for basal cell cancer is a biopsy of the lesion. Doctors are looking for lesions that are red, ulcerated, slow to heal or irritated as a possible sign for basal cell carcinoma. There is no blood test.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Pathology via biopsy: The best method is to have a biopsy performed to establish a definitive diagnosis.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Slow but must treat: These begin as little ulcers or nodules, often on the face and with easy-to-see vessels. They are best removed surgically; though they seldom spread to remote sites, they can destroy the face and invade the brain if they are ignored. Today's surgery leaves minimal scarring.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Agree, but for locally advanced or metastatic BCC a new drug has recently been approved -- vismodegib (Erivedge, Genentech)
Jul 11, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Raised skin lesion: Usually basal cell carcinoma presents as a relatively small, round, raised, pearly skin lesion. It can be smooth or have a small central depression. There may be a purplish or reddish color to the lesion. Usually it is isolated and single and quite slow to grow. There is rarely any pain or itching or any other sign that there is a problem. Of all skin cancers, basal cell is the least aggressive.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes basal cell carcinoma?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 44 years experience
Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is basal cell carcinoma and how is it treated?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Basal cell carcinoma: This is a type of cancer which commonly occurs in the skin. It is treated with excisional biopsy in most cases. See your doctor.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How is basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Basal cell carcinoma: This type of tumor is diagnosed by clinical appearance and confirmed by excisional biopsy in most cases.

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