Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Novato

Basal Cell Carcinoma Removal in San Rafael & Marin

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and least harmful type of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer is usually found on sun-exposed areas of skin like the scalp, face, ears, neck. Basal cell carcinoma starts as a small, pink, shiny bump that looks like it could be a pimple, however, it never heals. Often the spot ends up bleeding a little, which is one of the signs of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinomas are very slow-growing and rarely spread to other parts of the body. Early treatment is almost always a cure. However, if left untreated, it can spread into surrounding tissue causing extensive damage. It can also invade deeply, and in this case, carries the name “rodent ulcer.”

Treatments for Basal cell carcinoma

Doctors treat basal cell carcinomas in a variety of ways. Examples of treatment include:

  • surgical excision
  • curettage
  • desiccation (scraping and electrically burning)
  • topical medications (imiquimod and 5-fluorouracil)
  • radiation therapy
  • Mohs surgery

For each basal cell carcinoma, the most ideal treatment can be chosen.  Although extremely rare, a basal cell carcinoma can metastasize, and in this case, must be treated with systemic medication.

Contact us to have a dermatologist examine the concerned area and determine if treatment is needed.