Basal Cell Carcinoma – Skin Cancer Treatment
Living in Naples Florida and Fort Myers Florida, we all are high risk of getting some form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.
What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma affects the top layer of the skin known as the epidermis and occurs when the skin cell process does not work correctly. New skin cells may form when the body doesn't need them, and old or damaged cells don't die as they should. This buildup of extra cells often forms a mass of tissue that develops into a tumor. Most cases are caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays but people with fair skin and a personal or family history of skin cancer may also be at a greater risk. Although not the only factor, age may also play a role in this diagnosis as most patients diagnosed are over the age of 50.
Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma will appear as a new growth on the skin. Often this growth will bleed and not heal. This growth may be be white, pink, flesh-colored or brown. If you notice any new growth, lump or bump on the body, schedule an appointment immediately to have this examined by our team.
What To Expect During Your Examination
After one of our dermatologists gives you an examination, the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma is confirmed with a biopsy. In this procedure, the skin is first numbed with local anesthesia. A piece of tissue is then removed and sent to be examined under a microscope in the laboratory to seek a definitive diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, treatment is required.
Treatment of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Fortunately, there are several effective methods for eradicating basal cell carcinoma. One of our Fort Myers for Naples dermatologists will choose a treatment based on the type, size, location, and depth of penetration of the tumor, the patient's age and general health, and the likely cosmetic outcome of specific treatments.