Behzad Parva, MD, Plastic Surgeon
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCCA)

BCCA is the most common skin cancer. It often appears as a red patch, pink bump, shiny bump or an open sore that won’t heal. Almost all basal cell carcinomas occur on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun.  The face, ears, nose, lips, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back are typical locations.  In rare cases, past exposure to radiation, open sores that are slow to heal, chronically inflamed skin, and long-standing scars and burns are contributing factors.

Their treatment is relatively straight forward in the early stages. However, more extensive treatment may be required if basal cell cancers are ignored until much larger or discovered in later stages. Although this skin cancer seldom spreads to other parts of the body, it can damage surrounding tissues, sometimes causing considerable destruction and disfigurement.

In short, basal cell skin cancers are completely curable but are problematic because of the effect they can have on the skin and surrounding structures as they grow in size. If you observe any of the warning signs or uncharacteristic changes in your skin, consult your physician immediately.