Is basal cell carcinoma serious?

A case of nodular basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. While it is not as serious as other forms of cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, it can still be dangerous if left untreated. Patients who believe they may have this cancer will want to work with their doctor to have a thorough evaluation completed. Drs. Brian A. Harris, H. Ross Harris, and Keith A. Harris of Harris Dermatology are here to assist. We provide routine screenings and evaluations when patients have an area of concern that needs to be evaluated by a trained and experienced professional.

What are the noticeable signs and common symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

Symptoms of basal cell carcinoma can include a lesion or sore that does not heal properly, a red or pink growth on the skin, a change in the color or appearance of a mole, or a lump or bump on the skin. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away for diagnosis and treatment. In fact, patients should always be proactive about skin cancer and have annual skin cancer screenings with their dermatologist to look for new changes to the skin that may be indicative that cancer is present.

What can be done about basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most easily treated forms of cancer, and in many cases can be cured with a simple surgery known as excision. However, it’s important to catch it early, as more advanced cases can require more intensive treatment. If you are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Why routine screenings are important

If you are at risk for developing basal cell carcinoma – due to having fair skin, being exposed to a lot of sun, or having a family history of skin cancer – be sure to see your dermatologist regularly for screenings. This way, any potential problems can be caught and treated early on, before they have a chance to become more serious.

Learn more today

Educate yourself on how to protect your skin from the risk of cancer and discuss what to look for as indications that cancer may be present. Call Harris Dermatology to book an appointment at either of the locations available in Naples and Fort Meyers, FL.

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