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.

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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...

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

Surgery, usually. Basal cell cancers are typically skin cancers that are related to prior sun damage. They are the least aggressive of skin cancers and are usually cured by surgical removal. There are other options if the tumor is too large to remove surgically, but those are exceptions. The results from surgery are typically excellent. Read more...
If on the face... Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is the best cancer to get if you are going to get a skin cancer! although it is a malignant tumor, it rarely spreads/metastasizes to other organs. However, if left untreated it acts like a bulldozer eating its way into deeper tissue and becoming larger. Best thing to do is to have it removed completely by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon (www.Mohscollege.Org). Read more...
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...

Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour when I was 3 (I'm 16 now), would it be possible for me to have Nevoid basal?

You would know it. It's possible, but you would have had multiple skin cancers as a result of sun exposure through your lifetime so far. You might also have a big head, little spots on your palms, and cysts in your teeth and jaw. But if you have not developed skin cancers, you probably don't have it. (See pic). This is also called Gorlin syndrome FYI. Read more...

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 with out spreading. Read more...

Could a basal cell carcinoma grow on top of an existing freckle?

Yes possible. As it has same ski surface, basal cell cancers are locally invasive , develops in exposed surface of skin , usually older group , ( not 19 yr old ) at any age suspicious skin lesions should always be evaluated usually by dermatologist. Read more...

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...
Many. A basal cell on the skin of the foot could appear as a discolored irritated area, a whitish bump, or a wound that bleeds and never seems to heal. Read more...

What happens if I have a basal cell carcinoma on my foot?

Bcc anywhere. Basal cell carcinomas may occur any where but are more common in locations that are exposed to the sun. Read more...
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...