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Basal cell skin cancer pictures
Basal cell skin cancer pictures

Basal cell skin cancer accounts for about 70% of all skin cancer cases that are reported worldwide. This form of slow-growing cancer appears on the face, neck, chest, ears, hands, back, and legs. Only rarely, basal skin cells appear on surface of the skin that are protected from sun rays.

Facts on basal skin cancer

Exposure to strong sun rays or other ultraviolet radiation for a prolonged period of time may cause skin damage, resulting in basal skin carcinoma. Sun damage is largely responsible for this form of cancer and it may occur much before the cancer begins.

Basal cell skin cancer is largely seen to appear on the face as face is more exposed to sunlight than other parts of the body.

People with fair skin tone are most susceptible to basal skin cancer than people with dark skin tone since skin pigmentation protect the skin from getting damaged due to excessive sun exposure.

Basal cell carcinoma begins in the upper most layer of the skin called the epidermis and grows slowly and does not cause pain.

Who is more likely to be diagnosed with basal skin cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma is likely to occur in people over the age of 40. However, today many younger people are also diagnosed with this form of skin cancer. People with fair complexion, blue or green eyes or people having blond or red hair are likely to suffer from this form of skin cancer. Those who spend long hours in the sun are most likely to suffer from basal skin cancer as this type of nonmelanoma skin cancer is caused by exposure to sun rays.

Basal cell carcinoma has a tendency to recur in people who have already suffered from this form of cancer. A second basal cell carcinoma may develop close to the spot where one has already been treated as the neighboring tissue is just as damaged by the sun rays as the skin where the first basal cell skin cancer appeared.

Symptoms of basal skin cancer

Basal skin cancer is characterized by the appearance of a small, shiny and waxy spot or a skin bump. A sore or a pimple may develop on the surface of the skin. The sore may become crusty and ooze fluid or blood. In this form, irregular blood vessels and a sore with a sunken area can be spotted. A pink pearly bump or a scar-like yellow or white area may also develop on the skin surface of the people suffering from basal skin cancer. In some cases, a fresh brown colored spot may appear. The affected skin area may turn red. Sometimes, patients suffering from basal skin cancer can notice slightly raised or even flat skin. Most cases of basal cell skin cancer look like in the pictures bellow:

Basal cell Basal cell behind ear Basal cell carcinoma Basal cell skin cancer
Basal cell Basal cell behind ear Basal cell carcinoma Basal cell skin cancer

How to detect basal skin cancer

It is difficult to tell whether one is suffering from basal skin cancer just by looking at it. The only way to detect is to remove a small piece of the skin and send it to a medical laboratory for microscopic analysis or biopsy. After the biopsy the skin may heal as the skin grows over the cancer like a blanket. However, biopsy will not remove the tumor. Consult with a doctor and undergo the recommended medical tests to detect basal skin cancer. Undergoing a skin examination will help the doctor to check your skin and examine the size, color, texture and shape of any suspicious areas.

Treatment for basal skin cancer

Depending on the mass of cancerous cells, depth and location of the basal cell cancer, treatment varies. If a skin growth is found to be cancerous, go for prompt and immediate treatment. It cannot be removed by conducting a biopsy. Further surgery is required to remove a basal cell carcinoma. Surgery treatment includes Mohs surgery, in which the skin is removed and looked under a microscope to check for cancer. Procedure is repeated till the basal skin cancerous cells are removed from the skin sample. Cryosurgery is also a favorable option used for killing the cancer cells. In many cases, treatment options like the curettage and electrodesiccation are performed to scrape the cancer and kill any remaining malignant cells.

If basal cell carcinoma is left untreated, it can develop into a bigger problem and damage nearby tissues, resulting in the loss of an ear, nose or an eye.