Basal Cell Carcinoma - Info on Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptom, Causes & Treatment
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the tumor of the skin usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule on the head, neck and hands. It is most often found in light-skinned individuals; dark-skinned individuals are rarely affected. Basal cell cancer does not usually metastasize or travel in the bloodstream; rather it infiltrates the surrounding area destroying tissue.
The most common appearance of basal cell cancer is that of a small dome-shaped bump that has a pearly white color. It has been found that people who have this cancer frequently have light hair, eyes and complexions, and they don't tan easily.
Basal cell carcinomas seldom occur in dark-skinned persons; they are the most common skin cancers found in Caucasians. Repeated, prolonged sun exposure causes skin damage which may develop into basal cell carcinoma.
Treatment of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma depends on its size, type and location.
Most ill defined basal cells on the face are treated with MOHS Micrographic Surgery , which is the most successful therapy for eradicating these lesions.
- One cannot be sure whether a suspicious growth is a basal cell carcinoma just by looking at it. In order to be sure, we must take a small piece of the growth and send it for microscopic analysis (biopsy).
- Other treatment methods, such as cryosurgery, radiation therapy, and laser surgery may be used in specific circumstances.