More information about Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. It targets and affects the basal cells, which are responsible for producing new cells to replace dying ones. Research shows that Basal Cell Carcinoma is usually caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun. 

Compared to other types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma development and progression are relatively slow. It may take several years, and intense, long-term exposure to the UV rays before the first lesions or growth appears on the skin. Basal Cell Carcinoma shows up in highly visible areas of the skin such as shoulders, neck, chest, arms, legs, and even feet. 

Though it’s not life threatening, untreated lesions can cause tissue damage and completely change the appearance of the skin of the body parts that are infected.

Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is characterized by the formation of several kinds of lesions. These include:

  • Translucent skin-colored/white/pink bump which is prone to rupturing and bleeding, commonly seen on the ears or face
  • Spotted, dark-colored (blueish or brown) lesion surrounded by a translucent border
  • Waxy lesion that closely resembles a scar with a well-defined border; this lesion is the least common of all symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Red, scaly lesion with raised margins, which is likely to increase in size over time, appearing on the chest or back

Related services and conditions

How can we help you?

At Skincredible Dermatology & Surgery, we offer a wide variety of services and deliver natural-looking results to help you look and feel your best.

Do you offer same day appointments?
Do you offer online consultations?
Do you take insurance?
Where are you located?

Our providers

Our innovative and compassionate team of providers is dedicated to delivering the best possible care.

Start your journey to healthy skin

Healthy skin awaits. Get started by scheduling a consultation below.