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Dr. Arthur Balin
171 doctors shared insights

Basal Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Basal cell carcinoma is a type of cancer where there is uncontrolled growth of the basal cells of the skin, leading to areas of skin that are pearly or waxy.


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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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Dr. Arthur Balin
171 doctors shared insights

Basal Cell Carcinoma (Overview)

Basal cell carcinoma is a type of cancer where there is uncontrolled growth of the basal cells of the skin, leading to areas of skin that are pearly or waxy.


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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

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Tip)

Managing Pain from Cancer

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
Once
Go to lab appointments
Once
Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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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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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,214 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Gregory Surfield
166 doctors shared insights

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