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Can infrared light therapy help prevent basal cell carcinoma?

Light for skin cance: Infrared light is not a treatment for skin cancer. Uv light is the moan risk factor for skin cancer. ...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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Is there a good cure for basal cell carcinoma skin cancer?

Options: Superficial basal cell can be treated with radiation, topical creams Aldara (imiquimod) and effudex, burning and scraping or surgical excision. Deeper basal cells are treated with radiation, scraping or excision. I prefer excision with clearance of margins by a pathologist. ...Read more

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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?). ...Read more

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What does basal cell carcinoma feel like? My father has basal cell carcinoma and he constantly assures us that it doesn’t hurt. Does basal cell carcinoma cause any pain? .

What does basal cell carcinoma feel like? My father has basal cell carcinoma and he constantly assures us that it doesn’t hurt.  Does basal cell carcinoma cause any pain?

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Usually not painful: Usually no unless it ulcerates. It is a localized skin cancer (rarely spreads) and most times can be addressed fairly easily by a plastic surgeon with excision and local flap reconstruction. Take him to a specilaist so that it can be addressed while the lesion is small. ...Read more

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Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Could basal cell carcinoma at an early  age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Possibly yes: Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. ...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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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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What test is done to see if you have basal cell carcinoma?

What test is done to see if you have basal cell carcinoma?

Biopsy : Despite the fact that for the trained eye a nodular basal cell carcinoma is easy to identify clinically, all suspicious lesions need to be biopsied and examined under a microscope to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to easily detect basal cell carcinoma early?

Yes and no: If you have already had one, it may be easy for you to detect another when it is very small. Any bump on your skin that lasts more than a month or bleeds should be seen by a dermatologist. Sometimes a basal cell could just look like a scar. ...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