Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently diagnosed cancer. It most often develops on places that are exposed to the sun like the face or hands. It is in your best interest to be aware of some of the most common symptoms so that you can take action if you see any of them developing.
What are the Symptoms?
Basal cell carcinoma can be difficult to diagnose, for it can look like something benign such as eczema. The main symptom is a growth on the skin, and it takes an experienced medical professional to distinguish between BCC and a non-cancerous condition. There are some signs, however, that a patient should look for and report to our specialist.
One of the most common signs of skin cancer is an open sore that lasts for weeks. A sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts for several weeks could be an early sign of skin cancer. A sore that persists for several weeks, heals, and then reappears should definitely be regarded with suspicion.
Another sign is a patch of reddish and irritated skin. Such patches usually appear on the face, chest, shoulders or limbs. The patch may itch, hurt, develop a crust or cause no discomfort whatsoever. A basal cell carcinoma may also be a pink growth with a crusted indentation in the middle and a raised border. Tiny blood vessels may appear on the surface as the growth gets bigger.
A basal cell carcinoma can also look like a shiny nodule or bump. It might be clear, pearly, white, pink or red. In dark-haired patients, the BCC may also be brown or black – in which case the patient may mistake it for an ordinary mole.
How Dangerous is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
While basal cell carcinoma isn’t as deadly or as likely to metastasize as melanoma, it should still be taken seriously. While BCC does not spread to other parts of the body, it does eventually get bigger and grow deeper into the skin and other tissues. In the process, it damages them – and that damage can be disfiguring.
Learn More About the Symptoms and Treatment Options
During a consultation with us at Laser Health Works, you can get all the facts about basal cell carcinoma, including the symptoms, risk factors, prevention measures and treatment options. We proudly offer a variety of treatments at our offices in Barrie and Midland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!