Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of malignant skin cancers, affecting as many as 30% of all Caucasians at some point in their life. It rarely metastasizes or spreads to distant sites, but can lead to significant damage to the affected area.
Where does BCC occur?
BCC, like most skin cancers, occur most commonly is areas with significant exposure, but one-third may develop in areas not commonly exposed to the sun’s rays.
How is BCC diagnoses and treated?
Diagnosis and treatment is often the same, with surgical excision of the area and examination by the pathologist to make sure all of the areas has been removed. If surgery is not possible, some topical agents and even radiation may be used to treat this slow growing skin cancer.
As with other types of skin cancer, your Dermatologist will help you decide the best diagnostic treatment regimen for you.