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Can basal cell cancer spread?

Can basal cell cancer spread?

Yes, but unlikely: Basal cell cancers (bcc) are the most common type of cancer on the skin. While they can grow aggressively locally if neglected, they are very unlikely to spread elsewhere in the body. Most bccs can be treated with surgery, curretting, and certain ones can even be treated with a cream. Larger bccs and those in sensitive areas should be treatd by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon. ...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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What's basal cell cancer?

What's basal cell cancer?

Fairly tame but...: It's a skin cancer usually from sun exposure. Surgical excision almost always results in a cure, and moh's microsurgery can leave almost no scar if that matters. It rarely spreads to remote sites, but it is quite capable of eating through your skull and into your brain if you choose to ignore it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

Can basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

Depends...: In contrast, melanomas are typically pigmented like a freckle or mole. Basal cells are usually not pigmented (but they can be). They do have a distinct apperance: typically pearly in appearance with prominent blood vessels and sometimes ulceration. If you notice any such lesions, have them checked out. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer be infectious?

Can basal cell cancer be infectious?

No transmission: Basal cells (and other cancers) are never infectious in terms of being spread from person to person. There is no risk of transmitting the cancer from one person to another. However, if you are around a weeping or bloody wound of any kind you should always wear gloves. The cancer may not be infectious, but other viruses and diseases can be spread. ...Read more

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Can you get basal cell cancer in lung?

Rare: Rare basal cell carcinomas can extend deep into the skin or can spread. This is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer or carcinoma be mistaken for a pimple?

Yes: Basal cell cancer can look like a pimple but with two differences. Pimples are usually tender/painful and typical change over 1-2 weeks and often go away in 2-3 weeks. Basal cell cancer is slow growing and will get bigger in size over 6-12 months time. ...Read more

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How effective is fluorouracil (Efudex) for treating basal cell cancer?

Very: The majority of small and even intermediate basal cell cancers can be cured by applying EFUDEX (fluorouracil). The resulting erythema is secondary to destruction of local suppressor cells in the tumor field and influx of effector cells to destroy the tumor. The EFUDEX (fluorouracil) is applied locally for 10 days followed by 10 days of A&D ointment May repeat if needed. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy be used on basal cell cancer?

PDT uses: A porphyrrin systemically, and there is light sensitivity for days to weeks, and then light. To my knowledge, not approved, but it could work at higher cost and toxicity than dermatolgic surgery or radiotherapy. I'd have XRT if i had one, many get moh's, others go to plastic surgeons. Do we need a new high cost way to do this? I don't think so. ...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