Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal Cell Carcinoma

BCC is the most common cancer, developing in more than one million people each year in the United States. Most skin cancers are BCC, which develops in the basal cells – the cells that make up the lowest layer of the skin. BCC may appear as a shiny translucent or pearly nodule, a sore that does not heal, a pink slightly elevated growth, reddish irritated patches of skin, or a waxy scar. It is most common on skin that has been exposed to the sun, like the face, ears, scalp, and upper trunk. While these tumors very rarely spread to other parts of the body, early diagnosis and treatment is necessary to prevent extensive damage to surrounding tissue.

Curettage and electrodesiccation (electrosurgery)

  • Mohs surgery
  • Excisional surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications for advanced BCC