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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.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Common Skin Cancer: Basal cell carcinoma (bce) is the most common malignancy in humans. It most often occurs in lighter skinned individuals in sun-exposed regions of the body (head and neck). Sun exposure is the primary risk factor but other factors exist including genetic conditions and immunosuppresion. There are several subtypes of bce. Excision is curative. High risk tumors should be treated by a moh's specialist.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Most common skin CA: Most common skin cancer caused usually by sun exposure with genetics also a factor especially skin type (more common in fair skin) and family history. More common on sun exposed areas of the body (ie: face, neck, scalp). Easily treated usually with surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the hold standard.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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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