Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer, affecting about 2 million people every year in the United States. When found early, BCC is highly treatable. The dermatologists at Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology in Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Toccoa, and Canton, Georgia, provide a wide range of treatment choices for skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma, including Mohs surgery. Schedule a cancer evaluation today by calling the office closest to you or booking an appointment online.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a skin cancer that originates in the basal cells in your skin. Your basal cells are in your epidermis and are responsible for making new skin cells to replace old skin cells.
DNA in the basal cells controls the production of these new skin cells. BCC develops when a mutation in the DNA directs the making of new skin cells. This mutation tells the basal cells to produce new skin cells at a rapid rate and continue to grow when they would normally die.
Over time, the abnormal cells build up, creating a lesion or tumor on the skin.
BCC appears as a new skin growth or a sore that won’t heal. They usually affect the sun-exposed areas of the skin like your face and neck.
BCC lesions may appear as:
If you have a shiny, skin-colored bump on your skin, you might have BCC.
BCC lesions may cause brown, black, or blue growths with a raised border.
A scaly, flat patch of skin that grows over time is a common type of BCC.
BCC can also look like a waxy scar that doesn’t have a clear border.
Anyone can get BCC. The main risk factor is ultraviolet (UV) light damage to the skin from the sun or a tanning bed. Other things putting you at risk include:
Because skin cancer can affect anyone, you should make an appointment at Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology whenever you find an abnormal skin growth.
Surgical removal is the primary treatment for BCC. However, the dermatologists at Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology use various methods to remove cancerous lesions, including:
Your dermatologist at Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology discusses your BCC treatment choices. Together, you decide which method is right for you.
Basal cell carcinoma is a treatable skin cancer. Call Cleaver Medical Group Dermatology today or schedule a consultation online.