19 doctors weighed in:
Do people with basal cell carcinoma have a lot of pain?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas McNeill
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Usually not
Basal cell carcinoma is usually painless unless it becomes extensive and invades deeper structures with nerve involvement.
Don't rely on an absence of pain in dealing with skin cancer. Have it treated--treatment for this condition is highly effective and most often curative.

In brief: Usually not
Basal cell carcinoma is usually painless unless it becomes extensive and invades deeper structures with nerve involvement.
Don't rely on an absence of pain in dealing with skin cancer. Have it treated--treatment for this condition is highly effective and most often curative.
Dr. Douglas McNeill
Dr. Douglas McNeill
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Basal cell carcinoma is a very slow growing type of skin cancer.
It usually causes little or no pain.

In brief: No
Basal cell carcinoma is a very slow growing type of skin cancer.
It usually causes little or no pain.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
Basal cell carcinoma does not usually cause pain unless it is ignored and becomes quite advanced, that's one of the problems with it - since it doesn't usually hurt, people may ignore them and allow them to become large and that complicates treatment.

In brief: Not usually
Basal cell carcinoma does not usually cause pain unless it is ignored and becomes quite advanced, that's one of the problems with it - since it doesn't usually hurt, people may ignore them and allow them to become large and that complicates treatment.
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Almost never
One of the hallmarks of bcca is the lack of pain.
Typically there is a sore that occasionally bleeds in sun-exposed areas of skin, but never completely heals. I can't ever remember seeing a bcca patient where pain was a prominent symptom.

In brief: Almost never
One of the hallmarks of bcca is the lack of pain.
Typically there is a sore that occasionally bleeds in sun-exposed areas of skin, but never completely heals. I can't ever remember seeing a bcca patient where pain was a prominent symptom.
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not usually
Basal cell skin cancer generally involves only the skin and so a great deal of pain is not usually part of the picture, especially if compared to a broken bone, a dental abscess, major surgery, child birth, etc.
Compared to, say, a normal mole, there may be a little soreness or tingling or burning, but certainly not "a lot of pain.".

In brief: Not usually
Basal cell skin cancer generally involves only the skin and so a great deal of pain is not usually part of the picture, especially if compared to a broken bone, a dental abscess, major surgery, child birth, etc.
Compared to, say, a normal mole, there may be a little soreness or tingling or burning, but certainly not "a lot of pain.".
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No pain
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In brief: No pain
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Not usually
Interestingly pain is not a common symptom associated with bcc.

In brief: Not usually
Interestingly pain is not a common symptom associated with bcc.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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