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  • Discolored macules or moles on skin/mucus membranes

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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is basal cell carcinoma?

A type of skin cancer that begins in basal cells, which are cells in the skin that produce new skin cells as old ones die off. It usually occurs on areas of the skin exposed to the sun and may be associated with long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.

Symptoms of basal cell carcinoma

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Smooth, shiny lump on the skin

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for basal cell carcinoma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose basal cell carcinoma

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Is there a shiny or waxy, pearl-like lump on the skin?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for basal cell carcinoma

Treatment depends on the type, location, and size of the cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is often treated with surgery to remove all of the cancer and some of the healthy tissue around it. Other treatment options include curettage and electrodessication, freezing (cryotherapy), radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

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References

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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0889858818307925?via%3Dihub

  • Basset-Seguin N, Herms F. Update in the Management of Basal Cell Carcinoma. Acta Derm Venereol. 2020 Jun 3;100(11):adv00140. doi: 10.2340/00015555-3495. PMID: 32346750.

    https://medicaljournalssweden.se/actadv/article/view/1687

  • Tanese K. Diagnosis and Management of Basal Cell Carcinoma. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2019 Feb 11;20(2):13. doi: 10.1007/s11864-019-0610-0. PMID: 30741348.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11864-019-0610-0

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