13 doctors weighed in:
Is basal cell carcinoma serious?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Basal cell is a locally agressive cancer that typically can not spread (metastasize).
Therefore if removed it is gone. I have seen them the size of a baseball and they can grow into surrounding tissue as well (such as bone or muscle if u let it go for years) so it is something that should be take care of sooner than later.

In brief: No
Basal cell is a locally agressive cancer that typically can not spread (metastasize).
Therefore if removed it is gone. I have seen them the size of a baseball and they can grow into surrounding tissue as well (such as bone or muscle if u let it go for years) so it is something that should be take care of sooner than later.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can become serious
Basal cell cancer is the most common type of skin cancer.
When treated early and while it is still small, the cure rates with simple surgery are excellent. If neglected, basal cell carcinomas can become very destructive and much more difficult to treat and reconstruct.

In brief: Can become serious
Basal cell cancer is the most common type of skin cancer.
When treated early and while it is still small, the cure rates with simple surgery are excellent. If neglected, basal cell carcinomas can become very destructive and much more difficult to treat and reconstruct.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Roxanne Sylora
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not usually
Most basal cell carcinomas are small, grow rapidly, and rarely spread to other parts of the body.
They are best treated (and easily treated) when small. If allowed to continue to grow, treatment can be more difficult and disfiguring.

In brief: Not usually
Most basal cell carcinomas are small, grow rapidly, and rarely spread to other parts of the body.
They are best treated (and easily treated) when small. If allowed to continue to grow, treatment can be more difficult and disfiguring.
Dr. Roxanne Sylora
Dr. Roxanne Sylora
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not usually
Basal cell cancers can be locally aggressive and depending on the location a challenge to remove requiring extensive surgery, but they rarely spread to other organs and are usually small and excised under local anesthetic.

In brief: Not usually
Basal cell cancers can be locally aggressive and depending on the location a challenge to remove requiring extensive surgery, but they rarely spread to other organs and are usually small and excised under local anesthetic.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Dr. Michael Matthew
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