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What is basal cell carcinoma?

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

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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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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What causes basal cell carcinoma?

What causes basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic. ...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 can I treat basal cell carcinoma?

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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What exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

What exactly 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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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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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 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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Can you tell me about early basal cell carcinoma?

Non healing lesion: Basal cell carcinoma is a skin lesion defined as a small then progressively enlarging skin lesion that scabs and then the scab falls off and the ulcer still is unhealed. I treat all such lesions with EFUDEX (fluorouracil) which is 5FU ointment applied daily x 10 followed by 10 days of A&D ointment. complete healing occurs in 90% of cases. At times surgical resection works somewhat better or if not MOHs paste. ...Read more

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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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What is basal cell carcinoma and how is it treated?

Basal cell carcinoma: This is a type of cancer which commonly occurs in the skin. It is treated with excisional biopsy in most cases. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

This is skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that needs to be removed. Bcc is the most common form of skin cancer and, thankfully, not very aggressive. Bccs typically do not spread, but should be treated early to minimize the amount of skin that is involved. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have these treated. This is very different from melanoma which is much more aggressive. ...Read more

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What will happen if basal cell carcinoma goes untreated?

It will grow: It will grow and spread, and possibly cause damage to skin and other structures, depending on it's anatomic site. ...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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How long can I wait to have my basal cell carcinoma treated?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: Basal cell carcinoma?

What is the definition or description of: Basal cell carcinoma?

Skin cancer: Cancer arising from epithelial layer of the skin developing from basal cells, it is non melanotic. It is a concern with regard to local invasion and growth. Very rarely does it ever metastasize. Treatment centers around surgical excision. It develops usually in areas of sun exposure therefore common in head and neck region. ...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. 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. Arthur Balin
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

Cancer arising from epithelial layer of the skin developing from basal cells, it is non melanotic. It is a concern with regard to local invasion and growth. Very rarely does it ever metastasize. Treatment centers around surgical excision. It develops usually in areas of sun exposure therefore common in ...Read more