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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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What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

Excision: I see moms surgery in your hx that is an excellent procedure, its important to clear the BC and have the tissue around the BC clear. The wide excision is best topical may not remove all the tissue. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for basal cell carcinoma skin cancer?

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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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? .

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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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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Chances of getting basal cell carcinoma if sunbather 50 yr ago?

Chances of getting basal cell carcinoma if sunbather 50 yr ago?

Depends: It is much more likely than the risk of a nonsunbather, but one also has to take into account how light the complexion is. Very fair persons are prone to sun related skin cancers. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time it takes for basal cell carcinoma to grow?

What is the amount of time it takes for basal cell carcinoma to grow?

Usually years: The doubling time of each basal cell will vary among individuals and may also be effected by the status of one's immune system. But they are usually present for years. ...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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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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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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Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Is there any clinical evidence showing euphorbia peplus (petty spurge, radium weed, milkweed) has any helpful effects treating basal cell carcinoma?

Milkweed for BCC: Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is primarily treated surgically. When caught and treated early, it is almost always cured, and recurrence rates should be very low. If you have been diagnosed with a bcc, get it treated by your local surgeon or dermatologist. Don't risk a recurrence or growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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Does basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasize?

Does basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasize?

Very very rarely: Basal cell carcinomas of the skin almost never metastasize. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a basal cell carcinoma on a foot?

Persistent lump: Any lump anywhere on the body that does not resolve should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can melatonin and coconut oil remove basal cell carcinoma?

No: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. The most common treatment is surgical removal. There are some prescription topical medications which can be used for some cases and occasionally even radiation treatments. This can be a dangerous problem and do not rely on folk remedies like those you mentioned. ...Read more

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How would a doctor treat himself if he had basal cell carcinoma?

Surgery: No fancy new topical creams for this doctor. Surgical excision for me, even if it's extremely early. I'd be offered fancy microsurgery with a colleague checking each margin to produce the smallest possible scar. This matters to some folks but not to me. Just take the thing off and spare me the extra time and my third-party payer the expense. Cheers. ...Read more

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How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

How can the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

It doesn't: If you have a teacher who talks about "maintaining homeostasis" when there's a cancer, have a serious talk with that teacher's supervisor. Any cancer, untreated, will eventually kill the owner. There's no question of "the body's natural ability to heal" here. The immune system fights some skin cancers but this never cures without an assist from today's high-tech Rx's. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Shed antigen: The status for most basal cell carcinomas are well defined, with the lesion remaining in the skin for long periods, first healing with scab that falls off and then rescabs. Such skin lesions do shed antigen into the skin where they are recognized by dendritic cells that help the immune system recognize and control growth. Efudex (fluorouracil) removes suppressor cells and lets effector cells control tumor. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

Your choice: A surgeon interested in this type of surgery, or a dermatologist who does this kind of thing, will be able to help you. Ask about your options. If it's someplace where you care about the cosmetic results, you can have special microsurgery. ...Read more

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Who are the best doctors for removing basal cell carcinoma cancer in silicon valley, ca.?

Who are the best doctors for removing basal cell carcinoma cancer in silicon valley, ca.?

Many +++ choices: There are many outstanding physicians and surgeons in the silicon valley but the choice of surgeon and specialty will vary according to location, size, histology and history of the specific tumor. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my basal cell carcinoma?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my basal cell carcinoma?

See a dermatologist: The best treatment for a biopsy proven basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is to have it surgically removed. However, bccs come in various subtypes from mild to more aggressive, and it it important to choose the best treatment. For areas on the head and neck, and cosmetically sensitive areas see an acms fellowdhip trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www. Skincancermohssurgery. Org/ for more information. ...Read more

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What does brisk lymphocytic infiltrate mean in relation to a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma?

What does brisk lymphocytic infiltrate mean in relation to a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma?

Cancer recognition: A "brisk lymphocytic infiltrate" with bcc is usually a sign that the body has recognized there is cancer in the cells where the infiltrate is found. However, "brisk lymphocytic infiltrate" is not usually a finding on pathology of a basal cell carcinoma. It is more often seen and noted in melanomas. I would discuss this with your doctor for more precise clarification. ...Read more

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Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.

See Dr: Basal cell cancers are mostly older people with pale skin. The lesions are almost all on areas of previous sunburn. They are uncommon on people age 20, and not common in China. They are not a threat to life and are easy to cure. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 20 y/o man will get Basal Cell Carcinoma on their abdomen? Do BCS's have clear liquid in them or no? Just curious.

How likely is it that a 20 y/o man will get Basal Cell Carcinoma on their abdomen? Do BCS's have clear liquid in them or no? Just curious.

Not very likely: Unless he has a genetic disorder that predisposes him for skin cancer. Skin cancers usually do not contain liquid. If you have a skin lesion that is even remotely suspicious, you should show it to your doctor, because appearances could be misleading. ...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