Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most prevalent form of skin cancer. It develops from the basal layer, the deepest layer of the epidermis, and can grow into many patterns. BCCs typically grow slowly without spreading to other areas of the body, though some patterns can behave more aggressively. This form of cancer will not resolve on its own and must be treated.
BCCs are abnormal and uncontrolled skin growths or lesions that can take a variety of appearances:
- Open sores
- Red patches
- Pink growths
- Shiny bumps
These skin growths typically develop as a result of long-term or intense (resulting in sun burn) sun exposure. BCCs most commonly develop on the face, neck, ears, scalp, shoulders, and back—areas that frequently come into direct contact with sunlight. Other, lesser factors include chronic inflammatory skin conditions, open and persistent sores, arsenic, radiation exposure, and complications with tattoos, vaccinations, infections, scars, and burns. BCCs can be hereditary, and they occur more frequently in older patients and patients with fair skin and blond or red hair.
BCCs rarely metastasize and become life threatening, but they can result in disfiguration if not treated promptly. Dr. Michael J. Messina may treat BCCs with Mohs surgery, a micrographic surgery that removes skin cancer and ensures there are no remaining cancer roots. Other treatment options include curettage and electrodesiccation, excisional surgery and radiation. We will design and carry out a treatment plan bases on your unique needs and preferences.
To learn more about treatments for basal cell carcinoma in Palm Desert, California, contact our dermatologist and team at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists by calling 760-773-6616 today.