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Basal cell carcinoma biopsy possible if ingrown hairs?

Basal cell carcinoma biopsy possible if ingrown hairs?

I agree: Bcc is possible on any part of the skin. However, ingrown hairs are not a risk factor for bcc. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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About 5 ingrown hairs on the bump, could it be basal cell carcinoma?

About 5 ingrown hairs on the bump, could it be basal cell carcinoma?

Probably not: Hairs do not generally grow on a bump. This is more likely to be a compound nevus (mole). However, if it should change, seek the advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Relationship between basal cell carcinoma and ingrown hairs?

Relationship between basal cell carcinoma and ingrown hairs?

None, that I know of: I think sometimes patients think they have an ingrown hair when they actually have a small basal cell skin cancer. Otherwise, I can think of no real relationship between these two conditions. Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (sun, tanning bed, welding torch, etc.) ingrown hairs are, well, ingrown hairs... ...Read more

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What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

Excision: I see moms surgery in your hx that is an excellent procedure, its important to clear the BC and have the tissue around the BC clear. The wide excision is best topical may not remove all the tissue. ...Read more

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Could a basal cell carcinoma have a dark hair growing out of it?

Could a basal cell carcinoma have a dark hair growing out of it?

Yes: Usually skin cancers ruin the local hairs fairly early, but having one is no proof it isn't something nasty. Get it seen if you have any concern. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Possibly yes: Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. ...Read more

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I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

Stay out of sun!: Or use a sunscreen with an spf over 15 always! The ultraviolet damage is cumulative, so the damage to your exposed skin lasts a lifetime--look at the neckline area compared to the covered breast skin in an older man or woman! If you have a bcc it must be removed, but rarely spreads or kills (unless irritated or ignored). See a plastic surgeon, not a non-surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a basal cell carcinoma on my foot?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma can appear on any part of the body. It is mostly related to sun exposure and skin damaged by the sun. Face, hands, legs and feet are usually the most exposed to the sun damages. ...Read more

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What is adenoid basal cell carcinoma of the cervix. And is it separate from the CIN 3 I currently have?

What is adenoid basal cell carcinoma of the cervix. And is it separate from the CIN 3 I currently have?

A rarity: This is a rare enough cancer for me to ask you to get two or three pathologists' opinions. Hysterectomy has cured most of these. Whether it is related to your cin3, which is a different lesion, is not yet known. I admire your courage and wish you good luck. ...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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How long can I wait to have my basal cell carcinoma treated?

Sooner the Better: Once the diagnosis of basal cell cancer has been made, it’s time to plan to get it treated. Although bcca is one of the most “benign” of all cancers, it will continue to grow and become a bigger and bigger problem the longer you wait. So talk with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon within the next couple of weeks to plan out a strategy to treat your basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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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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Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Your choice: A surgeon interested in this type of surgery, or a dermatologist who does this kind of thing, will be able to help you. Ask about your options. If it's someplace where you care about the cosmetic results, you can have special microsurgery. ...Read more

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Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.

Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.

See Dr: Basal cell cancers are mostly older people with pale skin. The lesions are almost all on areas of previous sunburn. They are uncommon on people age 20, and not common in China. They are not a threat to life and are easy to cure. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 20 y/o man will get Basal Cell Carcinoma on their abdomen? Do BCS's have clear liquid in them or no? Just curious.

How likely is it that a 20 y/o man will get Basal Cell Carcinoma on their abdomen? Do BCS's have clear liquid in them or no? Just curious.

Not very likely: Unless he has a genetic disorder that predisposes him for skin cancer. Skin cancers usually do not contain liquid. If you have a skin lesion that is even remotely suspicious, you should show it to your doctor, because appearances could be misleading. ...Read more

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When should I call my doctor if I have basal cell carcinoma excision last week?

When should I call my doctor if I have basal cell carcinoma excision last week?

One Week: Typically you'll want to follow up with your doctor one week after the cancer was removed. Your doctor should have results from the pathologist, and you'll be able to find out if any further surgery is needed. Plus, sutures could be removed after one week. ...Read more

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Do I need to be awake during surgical removal of basal cell carcinoma on the nose?

Maybe: It really depends on the size of the cancer, the doctors preferences and you as an individual. In my experience almost all of patiients tolerate it quite well under local anesthesia, however I have treated some patients with very large tumors requiring a significant reconstruction who would be done under a general anesthetic. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I be sure that my basal cell carcinoma on my forehead has been cured completely after surgery?

The pathology report: When a basal cell is removed and sent to pathologist for evaluation of the margins. If the margins were clear, that means the basal cell was removed completely. ...Read more

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

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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I have a rough patch of skin in the inside of my knee that won't go away. Been there for around a month. Is it squamous or basal cell carcinoma?

I have a rough patch of skin in the inside of my knee that won't go away. Been there for around a month. Is it squamous or basal cell carcinoma?

Go see a doctor: You need to have a medical exam done by a physician. Without examination by your doctor we can not tell you what you are dealing with. It could be a skin infections as well (tinea?). ...Read more

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How do people treat basal cell carcinoma?

5 FU, surgery: Many suspicious lesions can be treated by application of this chemical therapeutic agent, os surgical excision, or even radiation therapy. Each treatment has certain protocols to be followed. ...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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Can there be a way to easily detect basal cell carcinoma early?

Yes and no: If you have already had one, it may be easy for you to detect another when it is very small. Any bump on your skin that lasts more than a month or bleeds should be seen by a dermatologist. Sometimes a basal cell could just look like a scar. ...Read more

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Chances of getting basal cell carcinoma if sunbather 50 yr ago?

Chances of getting basal cell carcinoma if sunbather 50 yr ago?

Depends: It is much more likely than the risk of a nonsunbather, but one also has to take into account how light the complexion is. Very fair persons are prone to sun related skin cancers. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. How bad is this?

Don't neglect it: These little nuisance things will eat right through your skull if you neglect them. Fortunately, they very seldom spread to distant locations. Have it excised. If you want a big scar, opt for simple excision. If you want a small scar, microsurgery is available with the local pathologist telling the local surgeon whether he/she needs to cut more from a particular. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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