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What exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
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In brief: Most common skin CA

Most common skin cancer caused usually by sun exposure with genetics also a factor especially skin type (more common in fair skin) and family history.
More common on sun exposed areas of the body (ie: face, neck, scalp). Easily treated usually with surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the hold standard.

In brief: Most common skin CA

Most common skin cancer caused usually by sun exposure with genetics also a factor especially skin type (more common in fair skin) and family history.
More common on sun exposed areas of the body (ie: face, neck, scalp). Easily treated usually with surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the hold standard.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Gold standard. Unless of course you want a visible scar. This is the 21st century and you have a right to have these things treated before the cancer eats into your brain or destroys an eye Good luck.
Dr. Arlo Miller
MOHs surgery will give you 99% chance of cure and virtually guarantee it doesn't " eat into you brain or destroy an eye"
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Slow but must treat

These begin as little ulcers or nodules, often on the face and with easy-to-see vessels.
They are best removed surgically; though they seldom spread to remote sites, they can destroy the face and invade the brain if they are ignored. Today's surgery leaves minimal scarring.

In brief: Slow but must treat

These begin as little ulcers or nodules, often on the face and with easy-to-see vessels.
They are best removed surgically; though they seldom spread to remote sites, they can destroy the face and invade the brain if they are ignored. Today's surgery leaves minimal scarring.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Agree, but for locally advanced or metastatic BCC a new drug has recently been approved -- vismodegib (Erivedge, Genentech)
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