Basal Cell Carcinoma – Are You Missing the Signs?
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | December 2, 2019
What is basal cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is a type of slow-growing skin cancer. Due to similarities in appearance with other minor skin problems, BCC often goes unnoticed. If it’s failed to be recognized for too long, cancer will spread deeper into the skin and advance. Later stages are much more difficult to treat, so Dr. Noah Weisberg along with all dermatologists recommend you learn how to spot the early signs to treat it ASAP.
What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?
Like with other skin cancers, the signs can be observed by careful inspection of the skin. The experts at Skin Cancer Care Specialists want you to be aware of these signs and consider talking to your dermatologist if you experience one of the following phenomena.
- Dips in the flesh:
It may seem like a harmless acne scar or the result of an injury.
These growths are normally a pinkish or reddish color.
- Flakey skin
We have all had flakey skin at one point in our lives, but you may want to be concerned if it doesn’t go away after some time.
BCC tends to appear on or around the ear.
- Constant sores
Open sores put you at risk for developing infection and scar tissue.
BCC can mimic other blemishes such as pimples or sores.
They may appear to heal at times but keep coming back. Like other sores, they may also ooze and scab over.
- Bruised lesion
BCC may appear as more of a lesion than a sore.
In some, lesions may be surrounded by dark spots that look discolored. They may appear as a darkened freckle or even black and blue.
- Raised, irritated skin
Irritated skin accompanies a lot of different conditions.
When skin stays dry, irritated, and red and pink despite properly moisturizing, it may be BCC.
It’s not uncommon for people to develop bumps, but it is a good idea to get them checked out.
Early BCC bumps may resemble moles or warts.
- Scaly spots
It is easy to mistake discolored marks in the skin as freckles or “age spots.”
This is a common sign of many skin cancers and should be brought to the attention of a licensed physician immediately (especially if you notice an asymmetrical shape or changes in size).
- Scar-like marks
BCC can also manifest as a waxy mark that may match the color of your skin or appear more yellow or white.
Tight, shiny skin normally surrounds the growth.
These skin abnormalities may or may not be accompanied by numbness, sensitivity, and itching. Even if you aren’t worried about cancer, it can be a good idea to visit a doctor to treat any of these constant symptoms. It may be a sign of another medical problem that needs to be treated.
Where do symptoms develop?
There is no area that is impossible for BCC to appear. However, there are areas of the body where it is more likely to appear.
Skin which has been most exposed to the sun has a higher chance of forming most skin cancers.
- Scalp (if bald)
In rare cases, though, it can develop on less sun-kissed regions.
How do you get diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma?
The only way to receive a proper diagnosis for BCC is through examination by a licensed dermatologist such as Dr. Weisberg at Skin Cancer Care Specialists in Jupiter FL. Dr. Weisberg is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of skin conditions including all types of skin cancers. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Weisberg please contact our office at 561-775-6011.