Basal Cell Carcinoma



The most common form of skin cancer.

When found early, basal cell carcinoma can be effectively treated.

Not only is basal cell carcinoma the most common form of skin cancer, but it's also the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. Basal cell carcinoma originates in the basal cells, a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as the older cells expire. It often appears as a skin-colored, brown, black or blue bump on the skin's surface. All skin tones can develop basal cell carcinoma; however, those with fairer skin, those who seldom protect their skin from the sun, and/or those who frequently use tanning beds are at a greater risk. Basal cell carcinoma occurs mainly on areas of skin that are primarily exposed to sunlight, such as the head and neck.

Most basal cell carcinomas grow slowly and don't often spread to other parts of the body. They are also curable and cause minimal scarring when treated.

How is it treated?

When detected early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated and cured and are not considered life-threatening. A common sign of basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing spot on your skin that doesn't ever heal and sometimes even bleeds. Our providers can provide you with a range of treatment options, from topical medications to Mohs surgery, excisional surgery, cryosurgery, and laser therapy, to eradicate this condition.

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