Basal Cell Carcinoma (a.k.a. skin cancer)

This one is for Monica 🙂

BCCs are  lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). BCCs often look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars and are usually caused by a combination of cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure.

Common Causes: Sun exposure and sun burns. Wear your sunscreen.

BCC almost never spreads (metastasizes) beyond the original tumor site. It is RARELY fatal, however, treatment can be disfiguring.  It can appear as an unhealing sore, a red patch of skin, a pearly nodule, pink growth with a missing center (think donut), or an unusual scar like area.pink1

Treatment Summary: various types of surgery from micro invasive to invasive procedures.  Topical treatments including creams, freezing, burning, and lastly radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is an excellent choice if the surgery is going to be disfiguring.  High success rates with radiation and avoiding the large surgical defect.

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