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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 causes basal cell carcinoma?

What causes basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic. ...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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I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

Stay out of sun!: Or use a sunscreen with an spf over 15 always! The ultraviolet damage is cumulative, so the damage to your exposed skin lasts a lifetime--look at the neckline area compared to the covered breast skin in an older man or woman! If you have a bcc it must be removed, but rarely spreads or kills (unless irritated or ignored). See a plastic surgeon, not a non-surgeon. ...Read more

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Can basal cell carcinoma transfer to the bloodstream?

Very unlikely: Basal cell cancer gets into the blood stream and metastasizes very rarely. ...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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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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Is it possible for basal cell carcinoma (bcc) to puss up?

Is it possible for basal cell carcinoma (bcc) to puss up?

Yes: It is uncommon, but this is possible with any type of skin cancer, especially if it is large. However, it can be difficult to tell this apart from a sebaceous cyst which is non-cancerous. ...Read more

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Is infiltrative basal cell carcinoma an aggressive cancer?

Can Be: Usually basal cell carcinoma tend to be less aggressive than some other types of skin cancers. Here is a good resource for more on the topic

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/skin-cancer-non-melanoma. ...Read more

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Why is basal cell carcinoma considered the least invasive of all cancers?

Why is basal cell carcinoma considered the least invasive of all cancers?

Neglected, basal: Cell tumors can be quite invasive, and can eat away at entire portions of the face and skull. They are called "rodent ulcers" when this happens. So, while they are invasive, they do not seem to have the ability to metastasize, i.e., travel to other organs, set up colonies and destroy organ function. ...Read more

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Could a Basal cell carcinoma stay unchanged in size or appearance for 6 years?

Could a Basal cell carcinoma stay unchanged in size or appearance for 6 years?

Basal cell: It is highly unlikely for a basal cell carcinoma to stay unchanged in size or appearance for 6 years.
Please discuss this with your Primary doctor!

Keep me posted please. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why basal cell carcinoma is the least invasive of all cancers?

No metastasis: Basal cell carcinoma does not spread systemically. It only spreads locally and damages adjacent tissues. Therefor is much less invasive than other type of cancers and if removed early when small, it can completely removed without any change in life expectancy. ...Read more

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Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called basal cell carcinoma. What is that?

Common skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common skin cancers. It needs to be removed, but they almost never metastasized or spreads to lymph nodes. They typically just grow larger in whatever location they arise. Prognosis is usually excellent if caught and removed early. ...Read more

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Got my basal cell carcinoma removed months ago and it has been stinging. Is that normal?

Got my basal cell carcinoma removed months ago and it has been stinging. Is that normal?

Basal Cell Cancer: Stinging may be part of normal healing but a follow-up visit with your doctor is recommended. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how fast does basal cell carcinoma spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Can you tell me how fast does basal cell carcinoma spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Not a good idea: To delay treatment. Basal cell carcinoma spreads slowly but it can destroy tissues in the vicinity and treatment should not be delayed. ...Read more

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A few months ago I got my basal cell carcinoma removed and it has been stinging. Is this something to be concerned about?

A few months ago I got my basal cell carcinoma removed and it has been stinging. Is this something to be concerned about?

See your doctor: It's always a smart idea to play it safe when you have questions about surgical recovery. In the vast majority of cases, your symptoms are likely related to healing and residual inflammation. But if this sensation is not getting better (particularly after a week or two), it is wise to go see the doctor who did your surgery and get examined. ...Read more

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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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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 can I treat basal cell carcinoma?

Sev ways: Best choice is surgery. If on the face ears or hands, should be reconstructed by an asps plastic surgeon. A flap or graft may be needed to reconstruct. Radiation is also possible. There's a new chemotherapy in a pill for basal cell. In some cases, palliative electrodessication is used. ...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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How do people treat basal cell carcinoma?

5 FU, surgery: Many suspicious lesions can be treated by application of this chemical therapeutic agent, os surgical excision, or even radiation therapy. Each treatment has certain protocols to be followed. ...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

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