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Is basal cell carcinoma serious?

Is basal cell carcinoma serious?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Surfield
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Basal Cell (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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What's basal cell cancer?

What's basal cell cancer?

Fairly tame but...: It's a skin cancer usually from sun exposure. Surgical excision almost always results in a cure, and moh's microsurgery can leave almost no scar if that matters. It rarely spreads to remote sites, but it is quite capable of eating through your skull and into your brain if you choose to ignore it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is basal cell carcinoma?

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 ...Read more

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Is infiltrative basal cell carcinoma an aggressive cancer?

Is infiltrative basal cell carcinoma an aggressive cancer?

Can Be: Usually basal cell carcinoma tend to be less aggressive than some other types of skin cancers. Here is a good resource for more on the topic http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/skin-cancer-non-melanoma. ...Read more

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Basal cell carcinoma multifocal superficial?

Excision: This type of basal cell needs excision with a 3-5 mm margin. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often spread radially and have a higher risk of spread to other organs if left untreated. ...Read more

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How dangerous is basal cell carcinoma?

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. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer spread?

Can basal cell cancer spread?

Yes, but unlikely: Basal cell cancers (bcc) are the most common type of cancer on the skin. While they can grow aggressively locally if neglected, they are very unlikely to spread elsewhere in the body. Most bccs can be treated with surgery, curretting, and certain ones can even be treated with a cream. Larger bccs and those in sensitive areas should be treatd by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon. ...Read more

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Non-small cell carcinoma vs small cell carcinoma?

Non-small cell carcinoma vs small cell carcinoma?

Small cell was: Distinguised because there is almost never a role for surgery, and always a role for chemotherapy. Non-small cell prior to 1980 never had chemotherapy. Both are caused by smoking sclc 100%; /nsclc 90-95%. Nsclc just in lung usually treated with surgery. Any + node gets chemo. If mediastinal nodes are positive, standard is chemo/xrt. Get more than 1 opinion before starting treatment if yo have ? ...Read more

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Is metastatic squamous cell carcinoma genetic?

Is metastatic squamous cell carcinoma genetic?

Genetic component?: There could be genetic component to a squamous cell cancer, although the exact implications on treatment aren't known. Obviously if there is a strong family history of cancers, or if it strikes someone who is young and/or a non smoker/drinker i would suspect a strong genetic contribution. Without more details, it is hard to say with any certainty. ...Read more

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What is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

Vast Majority: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, but it accounts for less than 0.1% of patient deaths due to cancer. However, you want to treat it early to prevent significant cosmetic deformities. ...Read more

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How is basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

How is basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Basal cell carcinoma: This type of tumor is diagnosed by clinical appearance and confirmed by excisional biopsy in most cases. ...Read more

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What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

Lung cancer: Small cell/oat cell carcinoma is one type of lung cancer. It tends to spread early and widely, often when the primary lesion itself may be small and barely detectable. It is usualy treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What's the survival rate for basal cell carcinoma?

What's the survival rate for  basal cell carcinoma?

All are curable: Only the most terribly neglected basal cell carcinomas have any capacity to kill. It's best though to get them treated early. ...Read more