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A 40-year-old member asked:

what is basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Felipe Gercovich
Medical Oncology 55 years experience
See comment: It is a skin cancer that could be easily cured with early diagnoses abd treatment
Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Curable: There are three "main" types of skin cancer. Basal, Squamous and Melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is typically 100% curable. Within BCC are multiple subtypes, most of which are easily treatable. Sun exposure has been implicated as being a precipitating factor in all types of skin cancer. If you are suspicious that you might have a basal cell carcinoma, please see your dermatologist or surgeon

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Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 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 44 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 25 years experience
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Thank you, I blame autocorrect. I did mean "destructive".
Mar 3, 2012
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A 63-year-old member asked:

Is basal cell carcinoma serious?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Yes and no: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer which is not malignant in the sense it will not spread to distant parts of the body and threaten life the way that other cancers can. It is still a cancer though and since it tends to affect the face it can grow into cosmetically sensitive areas and near nerves. It sometimes needs more complicated surgery to remove given the location on the face.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 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 20 years experience
Agree, but for locally advanced or metastatic BCC a new drug has recently been approved -- vismodegib (Erivedge, Genentech)
Jul 11, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Basal cell carcinoma multifocal superficial?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Excision: This type of basal cell needs excision with a 3-5 mm margin. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

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