Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that is usually benign. This condition forms in the basal cells, which are a skin cell that produces new cells as aging cells pass. If you are showing any of the following symptoms, the experts at Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics can help you determine if treatment may be appropriate for you.
What Are the Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma?
- A wax-like lesion this is usually white and has no defined border
- A brown, black, or blue lesion that has a clear, slightly raised border and these lesions may also have dark spots
- A red, scaly patch with a raised border that can spread and over time become larger
- A skin-colored bump will be lighter on more fair skin tones and darker on dark complexions with a translucent surface and is the most common type of basal cell carcinoma
What Are the Risk Factors?
Often, the formation of this form of skin cancer results from extensive sunlight exposure or tanning beds. The risk may also increase for those living in an environment that gets a lot of sunlight or those living in higher-altitudes. Additionally, other risk factors include:
- Radiation therapy used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis.
- People with fair skin that sunburn easily.
- Those with a suppressed immune system
- Inherited syndromes, like xeroderma pigmentosum.
- A history of basal cell carcinoma may mean that you will develop this skin cancer again. Basal cell carcinomas may recur after removal. While most basal cell carcinomas are benign, there are rare forms that can spread.
How is it Treated?
Treatment for this condition is a quick and simple process. A member of our team will take a small sample of the lesion for a biopsy. If the biopsy shows that the lesion is basal cell carcinoma, we will schedule an appointment to have the lesion removed. There are several options we offer here at Derm.ca in Calgary for lesion removal. All procedures are relatively quick and downtime is minimal. We can perform most removal treatments during a lunch break and you can return to work immediately.
How Can I Prevent it?
- Limit exposure to direct sunlight when outside
- Use an appropriate SPF sunscreen when spending extended periods of time outdoors
- Check your skin regularly and get to know your moles
- Get regular skin checks
Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about our basal cell carcinoma treatment options.