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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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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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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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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

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How serious is signet cell adenocarcinoma?

How serious is signet cell adenocarcinoma?

Potentially serious: Signet ring adenocarcinoma can occur in the stomach, intestine, or in other organs. The stage of cancer is most important in terms of prognosis, and how serious a cancer is. However, signet ring carcinomas are generally more aggressive than non-signet ring adenocarcinomas. ...Read more

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How deadly is renal cell carcinoma?

How deadly is renal cell carcinoma?

Varies with stage: Fortunately many renal cell carcinomas are now being diagnosed at an early stage (when the tumor is small and doesn't invade any other structures) thanks to improvements in imaging (ct scan etc). If early stage, many patients do very well after the tumor is removed. However, as the stage of the tumor increases, the risk of the cancer behaving aggressively increases. So stage helps to predict. ...Read more

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What is basal cell carcinoma and how is it treated?

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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What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often spread radially and have a higher risk of spread to other organs if left untreated. ...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 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 is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...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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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is  the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...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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Bumps on eyelid can lead to basal cell carcinoma? Is it serious?

Bumps on eyelid can lead to basal cell carcinoma? Is it serious?

If removed no: See your doctor , if it is , basal cell carcinomas locally invasive tumor , could be removed completely with cure by one of the accepted methods , as it is near the eyes surgical excision the best option other more common benign lesions like warts, cysts inflamed skin tags also possible. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for 2-3mm basal cell carcinoma?

What is the survival rate for 2-3mm basal cell carcinoma?

100%: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is the best cancer to get if you are going to get a skin cancer! although it is a malignant tumor, it rarely spreads/metastasizes to other organs. However, if left untreated it acts like a bulldozer eating its way into deeper tissue and becoming larger. Best thing to do is to have it removed completely by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon (www.Mohscollege.Org). ...Read more

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What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What is papillary renal cell carcinoma? Can it be treated?

What is papillary renal cell carcinoma? Can it be treated?

Yes: Papillary renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer. Surgery is the best option, if feasible. ...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