Basal Cell Carcinoma

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Basal cell carcinoma often forms on skin that has received years of sun exposure. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this type of skin cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off.

Basal cell carcinomas usually develop on sun-exposed parts of your body, especially your head and neck. A much smaller number occur on the trunk and legs. Yet basal cell carcinomas can also occur on parts of your body that are rarely exposed to sunlight.

A general warning sign of skin cancer is a sore that wont heal or that repeatedly bleeds and scabs over. Basal cell cancer may also appear as a pearly white or waxy bump; a flat, scaly, brown or flesh-colored patch; or, more rarely, a white, waxy scar.

A number of treatments are available for basal cell carcinoma. What treatment is best for you depends on the type, location and severity of your cancer. Treatment options include surgical excision, freezing, topical treatments or other types of medication.

Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen may help protect against basal cell carcinoma.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.