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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.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics 57 years experience
Usually sun: Basal carcinoma is du rdiaion damage, most commonly. It may also be caused by a genetic disorder.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How frequently does basal cell carcinoma cause death?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Uncommon: This is a cancer that usually is cured with surgery. Most of the cases are well localized. Death is very rare.
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 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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How to know what is basal cell carcinoma?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
A common skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer type. It is frequently slow growing. They rarely metastasize. Typically, they occur in areas of the skin that are exposed to sunlight. The cure rates are very high. Treatment is with either surgery or radiation therapy, although other techniques may also be employed. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/basal-cell-carcinoma.
A member asked:

Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 years experience
Basal Cell Carcinoma: As close to 100% yes as one can be. Of all the skin cancers bcc's are the most common and the one to have if you really had to pick a skin cancer to have. While there are very rare instances of metastatic bcc they are just that, by far the exception. However, if left untreated bccs can be very distractive locally. That's about as good an answer i can provide in the space given.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
He meant "destructive", but I agree completely; BCC is probably the most curable form of cancer.
Mar 2, 2012
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you, I blame autocorrect. I did mean "destructive".
Mar 3, 2012

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