Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of any cancer worldwide. It typically occurs in areas of the body that are most frequently exposed to the sun: face, neck, scalp, and back of the hands. However, it can occur on any part of the body.
BCC’s present as flat or slightly raised growths. They may be red, pink, or even brown and have a shiny or “pearly” appearance. They often act like a sore or cut that frequently bleeds, crusts over, and won’t heal. They are slow-growing and rarely spread to other parts of the body unless allowed to grow.
BCC’s are diagnosed by performing a biopsy. During the biopsy, the dermatologist will remove all or part of the growth and send the specimen to the lab for further inspection to confirm the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, there are a number of different treatment options. The BCC is usually treated surgically, such as with Moh’s surgery but in certain situations medicinal creams can be used to destroy and cure the BCC. For more information about Moh’s surgery please visit: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/mohs-surgery/mohs-overview