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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Information about Basal Cell Carcinoma

We Have to Know about the Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It’s also the most easily treated and the least likely to spread. But though basal cell carcinomas are rarely fatal, they can cause extensive damage to surrounding tissue and bone if they’re not removed
  • Because basal cell carcinomas often take decades to develop, they once occurred almost exclusively in older adults. In recent years, though, the tumors have become much more common in younger people and are increasing every year among adults of all ages
  • Basal cell carcinomas also have a high recurrence rate; if you’ve had one basal cell carcinoma, you have a good chance of developing

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Changes in the texture of the skin?

Causes of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Environmental factors[prolong sun exposure]
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Trauma
  • Arsenic predisposes to multiple basal cell carcinoma

Do’s and Don’ts of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • avoiding exposure to sunlight for many hours
  • avoid exposure to radiation

Signs & Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • A pearly white or waxy bump
  • A flat, scaly, brown or flesh-colored patch on back or chest
  • More rarely, a white, waxy scar

Medical advice for Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • A skin sore that bleeds easily or doesn’t heal in about two weeks
  • A sore that repeatedly crusts or oozes
  • Visible blood vessels in or around a sore
  • A scar in an area where you haven’t injured yourself

Risk factors of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Fair skin
  • Men are far more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than women are, though the incidence in women is increasing
  • A personal or family history of skin cancer
  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Exposure to u.v radiation
  • Age [skin cancers increases with age]

Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED and C)
  • Freezing
  • Laser surgery
  • Topical treatments

Self-care for Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Avoid the midday sun
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications
  • Get enough vitamin D

Investigations for Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Biopsy
  • An invasive method-confocal laser scanning microscopy.
Causes of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma