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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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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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Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

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.?

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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How will my basal cell carcinoma be treated on my face?

How will my basal cell carcinoma be treated on my face?

Skin cancer treatmen: Skin cancer on the face should be surgically removed. You may have mohs surgery or traditional surgical excision. You may need reconstruction as well, depending on the size and location. See a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...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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Can a basal cell carcinoma spread straight to the bloodstream?

Spread of BCCA: Although it is very, very rare, there are case reports of metastatic (spread to other parts of the body from original site) of certain types of bcca. Most basal cell ca are limited in the area of occurrence and it has a very high cure rate after appropriate treatment. Make sure your plastic surgeon or dermatologist reviews the pathology with you and gives you regular follow up. ...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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Fast growing bump on face, smooth and pink. Could this be basal cell carcinoma?

What is Basal cell.: Basal cell carcinomas (bcc) are the baby bears of skin cancer. Nevertheless, if neglected, they can kill. They can start out as a small pink or white dot or even a scaly red patch. As they grow, they may bleed and develop a central depression. Some people think it is a pimple. Take home message, if it grows, bleeds or doesn't heal in 4-6 weeks, see your doctor! ...Read more

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I am 51 yrs old & have extremely dry skin. I also have basal cell carcinoma which makes the problem extremely bad. Help?

I am 51 yrs old & have extremely dry skin. I also have basal cell carcinoma which makes the problem extremely bad. Help?

Humectants!: Steph, a moisturizers with humectants can really help dry skin. Read the label and look for one with glycerin or urea. Eucerin has one called intensive repair. For the basal cell cancer, definitely see your dermatologist at least every 6 months. Once you have one bcc, you can have another! ...Read more

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Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Milkweed for BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is primarily treated surgically. When caught and treated early, it is almost always cured, and recurrence rates should be very low. If you have been diagnosed with a bcc, get it treated by your local surgeon or dermatologist. Don't risk a recurrence or growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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What does basal cell carcinoma feel like? My father has basal cell carcinoma and he constantly assures us that it doesn’t hurt. Does basal cell carcinoma cause any pain? .

What does basal cell carcinoma feel like? My father has basal cell carcinoma and he constantly assures us that it doesn’t hurt. Does basal cell carcinoma cause any pain? .

Usually not painful: Usually no unless it ulcerates. It is a localized skin cancer (rarely spreads) and most times can be addressed fairly easily by a plastic surgeon with excision and local flap reconstruction. Take him to a specilaist so that it can be addressed while the lesion is small. ...Read more

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...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