Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas are most commonly found in sun-exposed areas such as the head and neck, but can occur in sun-protected areas as well.
BCC most commonly occurs in adults, especially in the elderly population. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer, fair skin, blond or red hair, light eye color, poor tanning ability and sun-damaged skin are at greatest risk.
The most common presenting complaint is a bleeding or scabbing sore that heals and then recurs. Although basal cell carcinomas are considered malignant, the tumor rarely metastasizes. Left untreated or inadequately treated, the cancer can cause local destruction and extend to the surrounding tissue.
The treatment of BCC is dependent on the size and location of the lesion. Mid-Kansas Dermatology is equipped and staffed to perform treatment in our office. There are various treatment options available, including:
- Electrodesiccation and curettage
- Surgical excision with or without frozen section control
- Topical medications in some cases
For primary prevention, routine skin examinations are of utmost importance. If you have a suspicious lesion or a history of BCC, please call our office to schedule an appointment for professional evaluation.