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Can a basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, if left untreated eventually invade and become life threatening? It is on shoulder now for 8 years!

Can a basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, if left untreated eventually invade and become life threatening? It is on shoulder now for 8 years!

Invasion of BCC: While this is very very rare there have been reported cases. The main reason to have it removed is that the larger it gets the harder it is to remove. The scar will be bigger and you will wish you had it removed when it was smaller. ...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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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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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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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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Are basal cell carcinoma due to sun damage?

Are basal cell carcinoma due to sun damage?

Nearly all: A few, perhaps, are not. For example, welders will get them under their chins where the ultraviolet light thrown off by the torch strikes their unprotected skin. We must also not forget tanning beds as a source of basal cell as well as therapeutic uv (puva) used to treat psoriasis. Rare patients with basal cell nevus syndrome get many basal cells, but even then, mostly in sun-exposed areas. ...Read more

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Basal cell carcinoma multifocal superficial?

Excision: This type of basal cell needs excision with a 3-5 mm margin. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What's the survival rate for basal cell carcinoma?

All are curable: Only the most terribly neglected basal cell carcinomas have any capacity to kill. It's best though to get them treated early. ...Read more

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Do people with basal cell carcinoma have a lot of pain?

Do people with basal cell carcinoma have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Basal cell carcinoma is usually painless unless it becomes extensive and invades deeper structures with nerve involvement. Don't rely on an absence of pain in dealing with skin cancer. Have it treated--treatment for this condition is highly effective and most often curative. ...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


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

Basal cell carcinoma is a type of cancer where there is uncontrolled growth of the basal cells of the skin, leading to areas of skin that ...Read more