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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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How common is basal cell carcinoma? My dad has a strange mole that is being looked at. How common is something like basal cell carcinoma? .

How common is basal cell carcinoma? My dad has a strange mole that is being looked at.  How common is something like basal cell carcinoma?

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The : The absolute incidence of basal cell carcinoma is difficult to determine since nonmelanoma skin cancer is usually excluded from cancer registry statistics and varies depending on geographic location. It is the most common type of skin cancer, and its incidence is trending upward. Australia has the highest rate, and in certain regions is up to 2%/year. In the U.S. (according to nejm), there are up to 407 cases/100, 000 for white males, and 212 cases/100, 000 for white females. ...Read more

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If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read more

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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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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 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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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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How to know what is basal cell carcinoma?

Most common skin CA: Most common skin cancer caused usually by sun exposure with genetics also a factor especially skin type (more common in fair skin) and family history. More common on sun exposed areas of the body (ie: face, neck, scalp). Easily treated usually with surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the hold standard. ...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 are symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma?

What are symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma?

Appear as blister : Appear as clear pain less blister with gelatinous material inside, breaks becomes ulcer breaks and very slowly erodes adjacent structures with out spreading. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

Symptoms: There are few symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma. Occasionally they may bleed but usually the hallmark of a basal cell carcinoma is a skin lesion with raisd pearly borders and ulceration or a sore area in the center. ...Read more

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Describe the features of basal cell carcinoma.?

Non-healing ulcer: Basal cell carcinoma may present as an indolent, non-healing ulcer with spread to contiguous tissues. There may be nodules, pigment changes, bleeding and tissue destruction. ...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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How come I have basal cell carcinoma, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have basal cell carcinoma, but nobody else in the family has it?

Sun exposure: Basal cell cancers are typically caused by sun exposure. There is some degree genetic risk, but sun exposure is the primary risk factor. They typically appear on sun exposed areas of the body likes the nose and ears. ...Read more

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What are effects of surgical excision of basal cell carcinoma?

What are effects of surgical excision of basal cell carcinoma?

Usually minimal: Assuming that the cancer is not very large most basal cells can be removed with minimal scarring. Using excisions along natural skin lines and using small suture for closure can minimize cosmetic defects. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a basal cell carcinoma on a foot?

What are the signs of a basal cell carcinoma on a foot?

Persistent lump: Any lump anywhere on the body that does not resolve should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more