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? .
See your derm. Any changes to existing skin lesions or new lesions should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist.
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.
How common is basal cell carcinoma? My dad has a strange mole that is being looked at. How common is something like basal cell carcinoma? .
The . The absolute incidence of basal cell carcinoma is difficult to determine since nonmelanoma skin cancer is usually excluded from cancer registry statistics and varies depending on geographic location. It is the most common type of skin cancer, and its incidence is trending upward. Australia has the highest rate, and in certain regions is up to 2%/year. In the U.S. (according to nejm), there are up to 407 cases/100, 000 for white males, and 212 cases/100, 000 for white females. Read more...
I have a mole a couple years old that recently became sore to the touch. Disclosure: my grandfather had basal cell carcinoma. Should this be checked?
Yes. More information is needed. Be safe, see a dermatologist, . Read more...