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Superficial Basal Cell Skin Cancer
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
Greatly varies: It may take years before someone may become aware of a skin cancer. There are slow growing cancers that grow underneath the surface and are more difficult to detect. That's why someone may have a very large skin cancer (growing deep but not appearing on the surface) and not be aware until it's grown very big and appears on the surface. A skin cancer may pop up suddenly and grow fast within days. ...Read more
Is basal cell skin cancer dangerous? I’ve heard it doesn’t spread, so do I need to worry about getting it?
See below: Basal cell cancer almost never metastasizes, but untreated, will continue to grow. It is easily treated at an early stage, but if its growth involves vital structures, treatment can be disfiguring. In extreme cases, it can cause death. The moral of the story: as cancers go, it is not bad, but as for all cancers, it should be treated appropriately. ...Read more
Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read more
Very very slowly: While basal cell carcinoma can metastasize and spread from the skin, it is very unlikely to do so unless they are very big (larger than the size of your fist). For the most part, bcc are slow growing cancers that can destroy surrounding tissue if neglected. So if you have been diagnosed with one, I would followup with your dermatologist or mohs surgeon soon to get it treated. ...Read more
Eczema and BCC: Eczema is an itchy scaling rash that goes together with dry skin. May be all over or in certain areas, but is usually symmetrical, i.e. Involves both sides of the body. Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually a pearly translucent pink papule or plaque with raised borders, however superficial bcc can be a flat scaly-looking patch sometimes not easy to differentiate from a patch of eczema. ...Read more
Can doctors tell me what does pain in muscle behind a (potential) basal cell skin cancer indicate?
Coincidence: Nothing but coincidence. Basal cell carcinoma is usually (>90%) painless. ...Read more
I am klein and I am suffering from basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. I want to know how to cure skin cancer?
Surgery: Surgical excision is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more
Common skin cancers: Basal cell followed by squamous Ca are the more common skin lesions. Bas=al cell almost never metastasizes compared to sqaumous cell Ca where if left will eventaujally spread to regional nodes. Early treatment for both is with Efudex (fluorouracil) (5FU) cream. When squamous is aggressive it can be removed by Mohs paste. Should nodal spread occur with squamous CA surgery followed by RT may be necessary. ...Read more
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
My path results came back from a lump I had removed saying I had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?
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 fellowship trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www. Skincancermohssurgery. Org/ for more information. ...Read more
If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?
Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read more
Dermatologist: What you should do is to go to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Your dematologist will be able to tell you the diagnosis and deliver the necessary treatment- a resection - to remove it. ...Read more
Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more
A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more
Depends...: In contrast, melanomas are typically pigmented like a freckle or mole. Basal cells are usually not pigmented (but they can be). They do have a distinct apperance: typically pearly in appearance with prominent blood vessels and sometimes ulceration. If you notice any such lesions, have them checked out. ...Read more
I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.
See dermatologist: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok. But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options. ...Read more
Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more
Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. It can spread if neglected for a long time (years). On rare occasions it can be more aggressive than the garden variety that I have described above. So it is best to take care of it within one or two months from the time of diagnosis. ...Read more
Ultraviolet light: While there is a new study implicating cigarette smoking as a contributing factor, most research points to ultraviolet light (sunshine, tanning bed, welding torch rays) as the most common trigger. More rarely, long term exposure to certain chemicals can also cause this in factory or farm workers whose skin is constantly exposed. A weakened immune system can aid the transformation. ...Read more
Very high: Neglected sqamous cell skin cancer is a very lethal lesion. It rapidly penetrates to deeper layers of skin, spread to regional lymph nodes. Early detection and wide excision will assure cure if you see a non healing ulcer seek the help of your physician for early diagnosis and cure. ...Read more
Depends: Most squamous cancers of the skin do not metastasize but some do. Many factors involved including the size of the tumor, its location, and microscopic appearance. ...Read more
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
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