Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and occurs most frequently on sun-exposed regions of the body. It affects over 1,000,000 Americans each year and generally tend to occur in older individuals, although they may occur in young adults and even children.

Factors

  • Chronic sun exposure, especially in people with fair skin, light hair, and blue, green, or grey eyes
  • Burns
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Arsenical intoxication
  • Chronic dermatitis

Because chronic overexposure to sunlight is the leading cause of squamous cell carcinoma, sun avoidance, especially during peak sunlight hours of 10a.m. to 3p.m. is an important preventive measure to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

Signs of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Open sores
  • Reddish patch
  • A growth with an elevated border and a central indentation
  • Bump or nodule
  • Scar-like area

Treatment Options

The most common treatment options include excisional surgery, electrosurgery, radiation therapy, and Mohs Surgery.