U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 36-year-old member asked:

what's basal cell cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Fairly tame but...: It's a skin cancer usually from sun exposure. Surgical excision almost always results in a cure, and moh's microsurgery can leave almost no scar if that matters. It rarely spreads to remote sites, but it is quite capable of eating through your skull and into your brain if you choose to ignore it. Good luck.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Most common skin CA: Most common skin cancer, spreads locally and can be destructive, but not fatal. Occurs most often on sun exposed areas. This cancer does not spread thru the lymphatics or bloodstream like squamous cell or melanoma. But important to get treated or can cause great damage (ie: erode into the nose, eyes, ears, spread into the brain, go deep in the nerves and muscles causing damage).
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Skin cancer: This skin cancer commonly looks like a flesh-colored nodule with a hole chewed out of the center. It might not catch your attention at first. However, it needs to be removed early because over time it invades more deeply and requires a much larger surgery. Any nodule that could be a basal cell carcinoma should be removed. See the picture for an example.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 48-year-old member asked:

Can basal cell cancer spread?

7 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Locally: There are a few people who are usually older or have a poor immune system, but typically basal cell carcinomas are locally invasive. There are areas such as the eyelid, inside the ear, and nose where you have to be careful to adequately treat basal cell carcinomas with mohs surgery to totally remove the cancer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

There any other non-evasive treatments for basal cell cancers?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Not really: The primary treatment for basal cell carcinoma is surgical removal. Their are some experimental drugs that have shown effectiveness in advanced disease.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are basal cell cancers very bad, or are they easily treated by cutting the cancer out?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Treatable: Basal cell carcinomas are the mildest of all cancers and are treatable with local excision, i.e., cutting out.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What's a tumor that is considered benign? I thought tumors were cancer

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's primary vs secondary cancer?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Origin and spread: Primary cancer of an organs is one that originated in that organ, e.G, lung cancer in smokers. Seconday cancer is one that spread from one organ to another, e.g., lung cancer spreading to liver, brain, bone etc would be secondary cancer for liver, brain, bone etc.

Related questions

A 47-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 27-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 47-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Apr 11, 2015

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.