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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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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

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Can you tell me how fast does basal cell carcinoma spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Can you tell me how fast does basal cell carcinoma spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Not a good idea: To delay treatment. Basal cell carcinoma spreads slowly but it can destroy tissues in the vicinity and treatment should not be delayed. ...Read more

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How frequently does basal cell carcinoma cause death?

How frequently does basal cell carcinoma cause death?

Almost never: I have seen this one time in 26 years of practice, and that was in a "street person" who had neglected the bcca on his face so long that it had grown into the brain. Otherwise the chances of this tumor causing death are tiny. ...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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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...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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What are the real symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

Mostly none: Sometimes they show up as spots that don't heal, but the vast majority of basal cell cancers are asymptomatic bumps that enlarge slowly over time. ...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