Can you tell me about early basal cell carcinoma?

Non healing lesion. Basal cell carcinoma is a skin lesion defined as a small then progressively enlarging skin lesion that scabs and then the scab falls off and the ulcer still is unhealed. I treat all such lesions with EFUDEX (fluorouracil) which is 5FU ointment applied daily x 10 followed by 10 days of A&D ointment. complete healing occurs in 90% of cases. At times surgical resection works somewhat better or if not MOHs paste.

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Can you please tell me more about basal cell carcinoma?

Least dangerous. Cancer. Basal cell carcinoma of the skin is the least dangerous form of cancer. It is usually in sun exposed areas and presents as a nodule or non-healing ulcer and can be cured by local resection. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/basal-cell-carcinoma/ds00925. Read more...

Can there be a way to easily detect basal cell carcinoma early?

Yes and no. If you have already had one, it may be easy for you to detect another when it is very small. Any bump on your skin that lasts more than a month or bleeds should be seen by a dermatologist. Sometimes a basal cell could just look like a scar. Read more...
Skin check . There are multiple types of basal cell carcinomas which all look different. Superficial bccs are flat scaly red patches while nodular bccs are bumps that grow and erode eventually. Morpheaform bccs appear scarlike. A skin check regularly by a dermatologist is recommended to find potential bccs and biopsy and treat them. Read more...

Is there a way to easily detect basal cell carcinoma in its early stages?

High index of . Suspicion. Early examination of non-healing ulcers. Pearly nodules, nodules that bleed easily, nodules with dilated blood vessels around them, by biopsy. See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001827/. Read more...
Biopsy . Despite the fact that for the trained eye a nodular basal cell carcinoma is easy to identify clinically, all suspicious lesions need to be biopsied and examined under a microscope to make a definitive diagnosis. Read more...

How can I tell if a mole is basal cell carcinoma? How can I tell if a mole that develops on my skin could be showing signs of basal cell carcinoma? .

The . The only way to determine the exact nature of a lesion is to have some tissue removed for microscopic diagnosis by a pathologist. Basal cell carcinomas can take on many forms. See your dermatologist for evaluation. Read more...
See your derm. Any changes to existing skin lesions or new lesions should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. Read more...
Skin. Moles are different than basal cell skin cancer and do not transform into such . A basal cell is typically described as a pearly non healing bleeding area or ulcer . Read more...

Can you tell me how the body maintain homeostasis with basal cell carcinoma?

Hyaluronic acid. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011 Jun;25(6):679-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2010.03851.x. Epub 2010 Sep 16. Nodular basal cell carcinoma is associated with increased hyaluronan homeostasis. Tzellos TG1, Kyrgidis A, Vahtsevanos K, Triaridis S, Printza A, Klagas I, Zvintzou E, Kritis A, Karakiulakis G, Papakonstantinou E. . Read more...
Shed antigen. The status for most basal cell carcinomas are well defined, with the lesion remaining in the skin for long periods, first healing with scab that falls off and then rescabs. Such skin lesions do shed antigen into the skin where they are recognized by dendritic cells that help the immune system recognize and control growth. Efudex (fluorouracil) removes suppressor cells and lets effector cells control tumor. Read more...

Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Possibly yes. Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. Read more...
Basal cell cancer. Not necessarily but make sure you use sunscreen. Take care of your basal cell ca. Read more...