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Dr. Gregory Surfield
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Basal Cell (Overview)

Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us. They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face. It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with surgery and other treatments.


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How frequently does basal cell carcinoma cause death?

How frequently does basal cell carcinoma cause death?

Almost never: I have seen this one time in 26 years of practice, and that was in a "street person" who had neglected the bcca on his face so long that it had grown into the brain. Otherwise the chances of this tumor causing death are tiny. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Surfield
176 Doctors shared insights

Basal Cell (Overview)

Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us. They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face. It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with surgery and other treatments.


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What are the real symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

Mostly none: Sometimes they show up as spots that don't heal, but the vast majority of basal cell cancers are asymptomatic bumps that enlarge slowly over time. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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What does brisk lymphocytic infiltrate mean in relation to a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma?

What does brisk lymphocytic infiltrate mean in relation to a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma?

Cancer recognition: A "brisk lymphocytic infiltrate" with bcc is usually a sign that the body has recognized there is cancer in the cells where the infiltrate is found. However, "brisk lymphocytic infiltrate" is not usually a finding on pathology of a basal cell carcinoma. It is more often seen and noted in melanomas. I would discuss this with your doctor for more precise clarification. ...Read more

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What are my options if I was just diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma?

What are my options if I was just diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma?

Excision: First it needs to be entirely removed by your surgeon with controlled margin. Then get regular exam by your dermatologist to catch new ones early. Protect your skin from sun damage by using a sunblock cream. ...Read more

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What test is done to see if you have basal cell carcinoma?

What test is done to see if you have basal cell carcinoma?

Biopsy: Despite the fact that for the trained eye a nodular basal cell carcinoma is easy to identify clinically, all suspicious lesions need to be biopsied and examined under a microscope to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for basal cell carcinoma?

What are the tests for basal cell carcinoma?

Biopsy: The only test for basal cell cancer is a biopsy of the lesion. Doctors are looking for lesions that are red, ulcerated, slow to heal or irritated as a possible sign for basal cell carcinoma. There is no blood test. ...Read more

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What happens once you have basal cell carcinoma?

What happens once you have basal cell carcinoma?

Treatment: Basal cell carcinoma is a very common type of skin cancer. Once you have been diagnosed, the lesion is typically removed. This is commonly done by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In some cases, medical treatments can be used if surgery is not a good option. These lesions rarely spread, but can be locally aggressive. Prognosis for these lesions is generally pretty good. ...Read more

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What causes basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

This is skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that needs to be removed. Bcc is the most common form of skin cancer and, thankfully, not very aggressive. Bccs typically do not spread, but should be treated early to minimize the amount of skin that is involved. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have these treated. This is very different from melanoma which is much more aggressive. ...Read more

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How can I treat basal cell carcinoma?

Sev ways: Best choice is surgery. If on the face ears or hands, should be reconstructed by an asps plastic surgeon. A flap or graft may be needed to reconstruct. Radiation is also possible. There's a new chemotherapy in a pill for basal cell. In some cases, palliative electrodessication is used. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with basal - cell carcinoma (skin, face). What type of doctor treats this disease?

Many different docs: Basal cell carcinoma is a very common skin cancer that does need to be treated but fortunately rarely becomes life threatening. Many different specialists would be comfortable treating this including plastic, head ; neck, and ENT surgeons as well as dermatologists. Depending on the subtype and location of your lesion, a dermatologist specializing in mohs surgery might be appropriate as well. ...Read more

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

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

Usually surgery: The most common way to treat basal cell cancer is with local surgical removal. Sometimes a special technique called mohs surgery will be recommended. When treated early the cure rates are excellent. See a dermatologist of facial plastic surgeon for treatment advice. ...Read more

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Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Milkweed for BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is primarily treated surgically. When caught and treated early, it is almost always cured, and recurrence rates should be very low. If you have been diagnosed with a bcc, get it treated by your local surgeon or dermatologist. Don't risk a recurrence or growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for basal cell carcinoma nose?

MOHs surgery: The best treatment is mohs surgery in which a specially trained dermatologist excises the tumor and immediately checks for residual tumor by performing serial frozen sections. The key to successful surgery is complete excision. ...Read more

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

Cryosurgery: Small basal cell carcinomas in non-critical areas can be treated with high cure rates with cryosurgery, freezing the basal cell carcinoma. This results in a scan which will require2-3 weeks to heal. It is an option for people who do not want or can not tolerate traditional surgery. Radiation can also be used but it requires multiple sessions over a 5 week period. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for basal cell carcinoma skin cancer?

Options: Superficial basal cell can be treated with radiation, topical creams Aldara (imiquimod) and effudex, burning and scraping or surgical excision. Deeper basal cells are treated with radiation, scraping or excision. I prefer excision with clearance of margins by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Basal cell cancer removed, but not all of it. How long can I wait for further treatment?

Basal cell cancer removed, but not all of it. How long can I wait for further treatment?

Ask doctor: If they did biopsy they can schedule treatment once the diagnosis is confirmed. Size, location will dictate treatment options such as excision with primary closure, skin graft or flap. If it is small curettage may be option. If it is large greater than 2 cms. On the face or scalp, or in certain difficult areas such as the eyelids, near the ear, side of the nose mohs may be best option. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have multiple basal cell carcinomas before the age of forty?

Is it unusual to have multiple basal cell carcinomas before the age of forty?

Yes: But, unfortunately, it does happen in people who refuse to protect their skin from the sun. ...Read more

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Can infrared light therapy help prevent basal cell carcinoma?

Light for skin cance: Infrared light is not a treatment for skin cancer. Uv light is the moan risk factor for skin cancer. ...Read more

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How can you remove a basal cell?

Many options: Many options include topical agent such as imiquimod, curettage and desiccation ("scrape and burn"), photodynamic therapy, lasers, surgical excision, radiation, but the gold standard with the highest cure rate and smallest scar is mohs micrographic surgery. ...Read more

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What is too low a range for basal cell temperature?

What is too low a range for basal cell temperature?

Age: I assume you mean age of a person. I have removed a basal cell in a child that was either 6 or 8 years old. That is rare. While these are usually found in the elderly, people can get them in their twenties or thirties,

depending on how fair skinned they are and how much sun they have gotten in the past. Family history also plays a role. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: basal cell?

Skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us.

They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face.

It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with surgery and other treatments. ...Read more

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What is considered too low for basal cell temperature?

Less than 96degrees: Normal is typically 97-99, so if your body temperature is dropping and goes to 96 or below we worry about hypothermia setting in ...Read more

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Do you do procedures to remove basal cell from the face?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common form of skin cancer. It is strongly related to sun exposure and therefore mostly occurs in sun-exposed area. Typically in people over at least 30 years of age as it takes years of sun exposure to develop and is slow-growing. Fortunately it is very treatable with various minor surgical procedures. See a dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the removal of a basal cell carcinagion cyst hurt?

I was wondering does the removal of a basal cell carcinagion cyst hurt?

Not so bad: It's nothing like the horrible long-term outcome if you neglect it. Forgive my frankness. When I need to be heave, I grit my teeth and do what I must. Good luck. ...Read more