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Basal Cell Cancers

Basal Cell Cancers

Basal-cell cancer (BCC) is also known as basal-cell carcinoma and it is the most common type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas are usually found on areas of the body exposed to the sun.

This cancer is not to spread from your skin to other parts of your body, but it can move nearby into bone or other tissue under your skin. BCCs arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells.

 Signs and symptoms of Basal Cell Cancers may include

  • You may notice a skin growth in a dome shape that has blood vessels in it. It can be pink, brown, or black.
  • Open sores that don't heal, or that heal and then come back.
  • You feel that raised reddish patches occur that might be itchy.
  • A wart-like growth

Preparing For Your Basal Cell Cancers Surgery

The morning of your surgery, follow your normal routine. Bathe or shower, eat breakfast and take any prescription medications. Please remember to bring a list of all your medications with you on the day of your surgery.

Post Operative Activities

  • People who've had basal cell cancers, visits are often recommended about every 6 to 12 months.
  • Completely follow your diet and physical activity suggestions.

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Frequently Asked questions


While BCCs rarely spread beyond the original tumor site, if allowed to grow, these lesions can be disfiguring and dangerous. Untreated BCCs can become locally invasive, grow wide and deep into the skin and destroy skin, tissue and bone.
Curettage and electrodesiccation: This is a common treatment for small basal cell carcinomas. It might need to be repeated to help make sure all of the cancer has been removed. Excision: Excision (cutting the tumor out) is often used to remove basal cell carcinomas, along with a margin of normal skin.
Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Instead, they invade and slowly destroy surrounding tissues. When basal cell carcinomas grow near the eyes, ears, mouth, bone, or brain, the consequences of spread can be serious and can lead to death.
After being removed, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin does recur at some other spot on the body in about 40% of people.
An open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for several weeks. A reddish, raised patch or irritated area that may crust or itch, but rarely hurts. A shiny pink, red, pearly white, or translucent bump.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that begins in cells known as melanocytes. While it is less common than basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma is more dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs more rapidly if it is not treated at an early stage.

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