Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Skin Condition Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. Approximately three million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. BCCs arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells.

Basal cells are one of three main types of cells in the top layer of the skin. BCC most often occurs when ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning damages the DNA in basal cells, resulting in uncontrolled growth.

With early detection and treatment, almost all basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) can be successfully removed without complications. It’s important to look for these warning signs of BCC to ensure early treatment of these common skin cancers:

  1. A persistent open sore that does not heal or recurs after healing.
  2. A reddish patch or irritated area that may crust or itch.
  3. A shiny bump or nodule, especially one that bleeds easily.
  4. A small pink growth with prominent blood vessels.
  5. A new firm or growing white, scar-like area.

Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for cutaneous BCC, offering the highest rate of cure and best cosmetic outcomes.

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