Doctors have long warned about the dangers of exposing one’s skin to the sun for prolonged periods of time. The greatest risk that comes from exposure to UV rays found in the sunlight as well as tanning beds is skin cancer. Specifically, basal cell cancer can occur in people who expose themselves to UV light without taking precautions like wearing sunscreen or protective clothing. Discover what the basal cell cancer symptoms are and how this condition can be treated.
What is Basal Cell Cancer?
Basal cell cancer grows on the outermost layer of skin that is frequently exposed to UV light from the sun or tanning beds. It is the least riskiest form of cancer. However, it warrants prompt and thorough medical care to cure it.
Basal cell cancer rarely spreads to other organs or the bloodstream, although it can spread to tissue or the bone directly under it. Doctors utilize a variety of methods to treat it. The treatment that you might undergo as a patient will depend on the location and extensiveness of the tumor.
Basal cell cancer is easy to prevent and only takes simple precautions like wearing high SPF sunscreen, long sleeves, hats and other protective wear while out in the sun. You also should avoid using tanning booths or beds.
You can develop this type of cancer anywhere on your body, but it most often develops on the face, legs, stomach or arms. It is one of the slowest growing cancers and may not show up for years. Even so, you should know what symptoms of this cancer to look out for if you are at risk of this illness.
Common Basal Cell Cancer Symptoms
Basal cell cancer symptoms present themselves in a variety of ways that you might dismiss as something else like acne or pimples. Some of the leading basal cell cancer symptoms include:
• A dome shaped growth that has blood vessels in it
• Pink, brown, or black growths
• Pearly bumps
• Flesh colored moles or pimples that do not go away
• Dark or scaly growths
• Hard, waxy skin growths
• Bumps that are fragile and bleed easily
If you notice any of these signs on your skin anywhere on your body, you should have the growth examined and biopsied immediately by our doctor.
Basal Cell Cancer Treatment
Basal cell cancer can be treated in a variety of ways. One of the foremost methods available to them is surgical removal of the tumor. The removal process can be done as an outpatient procedure in our office.
If you believe you are showing basal cell cancer symptoms, we will provide you with a professional diagnosis and personalized treatment plan at Laser Health Works, located in Barrie and Midland. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.