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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently on sun exposed areas of the body. This cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body, however it will damage surrounding tissue so early detection and treatments are needed.

 

Most basal cell carcinoma is caused by excess sun exposure, especially in people with fair skin and light hair. Warning signs that may indicate that you have basal cell carcinoma are an open sore, a reddish patch, a growth with an elevated border and a bump or nodule and a scar-like area.

 

If basal cell carcinoma is suspected, a biopsy of your skin will be taken and sent to a lab. If it comes back positive, we will discuss several treatment options with you, including prescription creams, electrodesiccation and curettage (scrape and burn), excision, and for some lesions, Mohs Surgery.

 

Sun avoidance is the best way to protect you from basal cell carcinoma. If you are outside wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and protective clothing.

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