Basal Cell Carcinoma
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. This skin cancer occurs most frequently on sun-exposed areas of the body. The five most typical characteristics of Basal Cell Carcinoma are an open sore, a reddish patch, a shiny growth, a pink growth, and a scar-like area. All individuals exposed to sunlight are at risk of developing Basal Cell Carcinoma, yet fair-skinned people (after years of sun exposure) and individuals who are constantly outdoors are at a higher risk.
The majority of Basal Cell Carcinoma sites can be successfully treated if detected early. Our dermatologists often diagnose and treat Basal Cell Carcinoma after assessing tissue from a skin biopsy. Treatment options depend on location and depth of the tumor as well as the patient’s general health.
Treatment options offered include surgical excision, chemotherapy, electrodesiccation and curettage, and Mohs micrographic surgery (removes thin layers and examines the tissue under a microscope for malignant cells. When all areas of the tissue are tumor-free, surgery is complete).
- An estimated one million new cases of Basal Cell Carcinoma occur annually.
- Men are affected twice as often as women.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma is rarely found in patients younger than 40 years.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma patients have a 20% to 40% chance of developing another case.