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Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It is typically tied to long-term, excessive, or intense sun exposure. Cancerous spots usually appear on sun-exposed parts of the body, such as the arms, ears, nose, face, and neck.
Fair-skinned people develop this type of cancer most often, but it can affect anyone of any skin color. More men than women are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma starts in the basal cells deep within the skin. It can damage and destroy the skin that surrounds the cancerous mole or lesion. However, it rarely spreads to other areas of the body.
There are many different types of basal cell carcinoma, including:
The way your skin lesion looks depends on the type of basal cell carcinoma and how long the lesion has been present.
You may notice a lesion or nodule during a skin self-examination or professional skin cancer screening. If your dermatologists suspects the spot is skin cancer, we’ll take a biopsy to make sure.
Once we have a diagnosis, your skin cancer team will talk through your treatment options with you. Basal cell carcinoma is highly curable with early detection and proper treatment.
These are the typical basal cell carcinoma treatment options:
Your skin cancer team will walk through the treatment options that will give you the best results with the least damage to healthy skin.
Once you’ve had basal cell carcinoma, you’re at increased risk to develop it again. After treatment, it’s important to practice sun safety to avoid a new cancer.