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I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: See dermatologist

Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok.
But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options.

In brief: See dermatologist

Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok.
But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Should be ok

This diagnosis should not affect your pregnancy.
Basal cell carcinoma typically does not travel through the body and only needs to be treated by excising the area.

In brief: Should be ok

This diagnosis should not affect your pregnancy.
Basal cell carcinoma typically does not travel through the body and only needs to be treated by excising the area.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: No

Basal cell carcinomas can be treated effectively with local excision.
However, if you have had two basal cell carcinomas, you should do careful skin exam, perhaps as frequently as monthly, to look for suspicious lesions so that those may be removed early.

In brief: No

Basal cell carcinomas can be treated effectively with local excision.
However, if you have had two basal cell carcinomas, you should do careful skin exam, perhaps as frequently as monthly, to look for suspicious lesions so that those may be removed early.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: See plastic surgeon

If the mole that turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma was completely removed, then you are aready "cured.
" it must have been "biopsied" under local anesthesia. If only a portion of it was removed to send to the pathologist, then a plastic surgeon can remove the rest, usually under local anesthesia as well. See abps-certified plastic surgeon now for good advice and surgery safe for baby and you.

In brief: See plastic surgeon

If the mole that turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma was completely removed, then you are aready "cured.
" it must have been "biopsied" under local anesthesia. If only a portion of it was removed to send to the pathologist, then a plastic surgeon can remove the rest, usually under local anesthesia as well. See abps-certified plastic surgeon now for good advice and surgery safe for baby and you.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine

In brief: Ask the doctor

Who did your biopsy.

In brief: Ask the doctor

Who did your biopsy.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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