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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

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 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?

How can I treat basal cell carcinoma?

Sev ways: The Best choice is surgery. If on the face ears or hands, should be reconstructed by an asp 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 long can I wait to have my basal cell carcinoma treated?

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?

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

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What are my options if I was just diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma?

Excision: First it needs to be entirely removed by your surgeon with controlled margin. Then get regular exam by your dermatologist to catch new ones early. Protect your skin from sun damage by using a sunblock cream. ...Read more

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How come I have basal cell carcinoma, but nobody else in the family has it?

Sun exposure: Basal cell cancers are typically caused by sun exposure. There is some degree genetic risk, but sun exposure is the primary risk factor. They typically appear on sun exposed areas of the body likes the nose and ears. ...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 a 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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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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What happens if I have a basal cell carcinoma on my foot?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma can appear on any part of the body. It is mostly related to sun exposure and skin damaged by the sun. Face, hands, legs and feet are usually the most exposed to the sun damages. ...Read more

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What is adenoid basal cell carcinoma of the cervix. And is it separate from the CIN 3 I currently have?

What is adenoid basal cell carcinoma of the cervix. And is it separate from the CIN 3 I currently have?

A rarity: This is a rare enough cancer for me to ask you to get two or three pathologists' opinions. Hysterectomy has cured most of these. Whether it is related to your cin3, which is a different lesion, is not yet known. I admire your courage and wish you good luck. ...Read more

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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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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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What causes basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell: Years of sun damage or exposure to radiation treatment or arsenic. ...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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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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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 it's 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 without spreading. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

Symptoms: There are few symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma. Occasionally they may bleed but usually the hallmark of a basal cell carcinoma is a skin lesion with raisd pearly borders and ulceration or a sore area in the center. ...Read more

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Describe the features of basal cell carcinoma.?

Non-healing ulcer: Basal cell carcinoma may present as an indolent, non-healing ulcer with spread to contiguous tissues. There may be nodules, pigment changes, bleeding and tissue destruction. ...Read more

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What happens once you have basal cell carcinoma?

What happens once you have basal cell carcinoma?

Treatment: Basal cell carcinoma is a very common type of skin cancer. Once you have been diagnosed, the lesion is typically removed. This is commonly done by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. In some cases, medical treatments can be used if surgery is not a good option. These lesions rarely spread, but can be locally aggressive. Prognosis for these lesions is generally pretty good. ...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