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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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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?).

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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


Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Dr. Michael Klein Dr. Klein
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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.

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Dr. Cheryl Levin Dr. Levin
Dermatology
12 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Arlo Miller Dr. Miller
Dermatology
11 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. M. Christine Lee Dr. Lee
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Annette Occhialini Dr. Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
32 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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.

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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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.

Dr. Barry Handler Dr. Handler
Surgery - Plastics
28 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

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Dr. David Yan Dr. Yan
Surgery - Plastics
16 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

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Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Scott Tucker Dr. Tucker
Surgery - Plastics
35 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Does basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasize?

Does basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasize?

Very very rarely: Basal cell carcinomas of the skin almost never metastasize.

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Dr. Bruce Genter Dr. Genter
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Hoffmann Dr. Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
34 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can melatonin and coconut oil remove basal cell carcinoma?

No: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. The most common treatment is surgical removal. There are some prescription topical medications which can be used for some cases and occasionally even radiation treatments. This can be a dangerous problem and do not rely on folk remedies like those you mentioned.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How would a doctor treat himself if he had basal cell carcinoma?

Surgery: No fancy new topical creams for this doctor. Surgical excision for me, even if it's extremely early. I'd be offered fancy microsurgery with a colleague checking each margin to produce the smallest possible scar. This matters to some folks but not to me. Just take the thing off and spare me the extra time and my third-party payer the expense. Cheers.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

It doesn't: If you have a teacher who talks about "maintaining homeostasis" when there's a cancer, have a serious talk with that teacher's supervisor. Any cancer, untreated, will eventually kill the owner. There's no question of "the body's natural ability to heal" here. The immune system fights some skin cancers but this never cures without an assist from today's high-tech Rx's.

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Shed antigen: The status for most basal cell carcinomas are well defined, with the lesion remaining in the skin for long periods, first healing with scab that falls off and then rescabs. Such skin lesions do shed antigen into the skin where they are recognized by dendritic cells that help the immune system recognize and control growth. Efudex (fluorouracil) removes suppressor cells and lets effector cells control tumor.

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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. Arthur Balin
179 Doctors shared insights

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