Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. It is the most common form of any cancer diagnosed in the U.S. and accounts for 80% of all skin cancers.
BCC appears on areas of the body that have had the most sun exposure. This includes the face, ears, scalp, back of the neck, and back of the arms and hands.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is relatively easy to detect. If it is found early, treatment of basal cell carcinoma is simple and effective.
The photos below show the use of excision to treat basal cell carcinoma.
Types of Basal Cell Carcinoma
There are three subtypes of basal cell carcinoma:
1) Superficial—This type of basal cell carcinoma is usually seen on the trunk or extremities. It appears as a reddish spot or patch with a fine scale on the top. It can appear like a small patch of psoriasis. It can occasionally appear with a small erosion on the surface.
2) Nodular—This is the most common type of basal cell carcinoma. It appears as a waxy or translucent nodule that may have fine blood vessels (capillaries) on its surface. The center may ulcerate, creating a sore that never completely heals. They may occasionally be pigmented like a mole (nevi).
3) Sclerosing or morpheaform—This type of basal cell carcinoma appears like a scar with poorly defined (blurry) borders. It is usually flat with a thinning of the skin.
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