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.”
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Treatments for Basal cell carcinoma
Doctors treat basal cell carcinomas in a variety of ways. Examples of treatment include:
- surgical excision
- 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.