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Basal Cell Carcinoma Mole
How can I tell if a mole is basal cell carcinoma? How can I tell if a mole that develops on my skin could be showing signs of basal cell carcinoma?
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a mole a couple years old that recently became sore to the touch. Disclosure: my grandfather had basal cell carcinoma. Should this be checked?
Yes: More information is needed. Be safe, see a dermatologist, . ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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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