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What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

What does it mean when a guy has basal cell carcinoma?

This is skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that needs to be removed. Bcc is the most common form of skin cancer and, thankfully, not very aggressive. Bccs typically do not spread, but should be treated early to minimize the amount of skin that is involved. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have these treated. This is very different from melanoma which is much more aggressive. ...Read more

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

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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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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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?

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

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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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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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How long can I wait to have my basal cell carcinoma treated?

Sooner the Better: Once the diagnosis of basal cell cancer has been made, it’s time to plan to get it treated. Although bcca is one of the most “benign” of all cancers, it will continue to grow and become a bigger and bigger problem the longer you wait. So talk with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon within the next couple of weeks to plan out a strategy to treat your basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma..How bad is this?

Don't neglect it: These little nuisance things will eat right through your skull if you neglect them. Fortunately, they very seldom spread to distant locations. Have it excised. If you want a big scar, opt for simple excision. If you want a small scar, microsurgery is available with the local pathologist telling the local surgeon whether he/she needs to cut more from a particular. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma?

See your doctor: Basal cell carcinomas are the least dangerous cancers and are curable with local removal. You obviously are seeing a doctor to have received the diagnosis. Depending on the location of the cancer, you may need to consult a plastic surgeon. ...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)

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