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A 29-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is basal cell carcinoma?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 18 years experience
Common: A very common skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas are generally indolent carcinomas that can be locally aggressive, so they need to come out, but they rarely metastasize. If you develop one, you're susceptible to others. So, make sure to keep on the sunscreen and discuss preventive measures with your dermatologist, along with regular skin checks.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Not very....: Basal cell cancer is the most common skin cancer. It is also the least dangerous except in very specialized circumstances.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 16 years experience
Low Risk: There are millions of basal cell cancers each year in the us. Half of americans will get one in their life. Yet, i've only met one person who knows someone who has died from basal cell cancer. Bottom line is that its a problem that needs to be addressed, and you want to get it taken care of so that it doesn't become a big deal, but you don't need to update your will because of it.

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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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