Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is estimated that more than 800,000 new cases of basal cell carcinoma in the United States each year.

Basal cell carcinoma affects the deepest layer of the skin. It is usually a result of excessive sun exposure, and most often affects the face, ears, neck, scalp, back and shoulders. While the risk of developing BCC increases with certain genetic and environmental factors, anyone who spends an excessive amount of time out in the sun is at high risk. People with fair skin, should take extra precautions while in the sun, as the risk of getting sunburned is greater than dark-skinned people.

There are five common characteristics of basal cell carcinoma, including:

  • An open sore that persistently bleeds or stays open for longer than three weeks.
  • A shiny bump that is often pink, red or white and has a pearly or translucent appearance.
  • A reddish patch that most often occurs on the chest, shoulders, arms or legs. Some may itch, while others have no obvious discomfort.
  • A pink growth with a crusted dimple in the center and elevated edge.
  • A scar-like region that is white, yellow or waxy and faintly defined borders.

In some instances, BCC can resemble psoriasis or eczema. If you notice any of the above warning signs or other changes in your skin, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our physicians will examine you to determine if BCC is present or not.

Usually, basal cell carcinoma can be diagnosed with a simple biopsy. If detected early, BCC is fairly easy to treat; however, five to 10 percent of BCC’s are resistant to treatment. We offer the most advanced basal cell carcinoma treatment in Santa Clarita.