Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Because this is a slow-growing cancer that is generally localized, early discovery and treatment results in an exceedingly high cure rate and very good prognosis.
Basal cell carcinoma is most commonly found on any of the sun-exposed parts of your body. However, it can still be found on less exposed areas such as the genital, but it is very rare for that to happen.
The biggest symptom is any change on your skin that does not heal. The lesions can look like this:
- Shiny bump - It may be translucent depending on the skin tone. If you have a darker skin tone, it may look brown or black. It is also possible for the bump to bleed and get a scab.
- Colored lesion - The lesion may be brown, blue or black with small dark spots and a border.
- Scars Like Lesion – Undefined, waxy or white patch
- Scaly Patch - Small but growing scaly patches
What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma?
The most common cause of basal cell carcinoma is extended exposure to the sun, but other factors may increase your risk of getting it.
If there is skin cancer in your family history, then you can develop basal cell carcinoma.
- Radiation Therapy
If you get radiation therapy for your acne, then that may cause basal cell carcinoma in the targeted area.
- Light Skin
Light skin is most prone to sun damage. If you burn easily or have light hair, eyes and skin, then you are more likely to get basal cell carcinoma.
It can take a lot of years for basal cell carcinoma to develop, and that is why it is usually found in adults. However, now it is becoming more common among young adults.
If you are taking drugs to suppress your immune system for a chronic illness, then that can increase your chances of developing cancer.
- Arsenic Exposure
If you are exposed to arsenic more than others by drinking contaminated water or working in an industry that uses arsenic, then you may develop basal cell carcinoma.
How To Prevent Basal Cell Carcinoma?
It is possible for you to reduce your risk of Basal cell carcinoma? You must be careful of the following things:
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Using sun protection
- Skin tanning beds
- Constantly check your skin for abnormalities
What Are Treatment Options?
- Radiation Therapy
- Topical Treatments
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Targeted Drug Therapy
- Curettage and electrodessication (C and E)
- Surgical Excision
- Mohs Surgery
Yellowstone Dermatology Associates offers premium healthcare services. We offer multiple treatment options for basal cell carcinoma. Reach out to us and schedule an appointment right away. We ensure that our doctors will take good care of you.
Treatments commonly used for BCC are cryotherapy, Mohs surgery, and excision.
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