Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma in Brooklyn is prevalent and many patients suffer with it. In fact, BCC or basal cell carcinoma, is the most common type of skin cancer out there. There are millions of people diagnosed with the disease every single year in the United States alone. This type of skin cancer usually develops in areas that are exposed to the sun the most such as the neck, head, and back of hands. It can also develop in other areas on the face such as the nose, arms, legs, and trunk of your body. It is common for those people who use tanning beds to develop this type of cancer as well. If you would like to discuss treatment for basal cell carcinoma in Brooklyn, call Kleydman Dermatology today.

One of the good things about this cancer, if unlike other skin cancers, this one grows very slowly and does not often spread to other parts of the body. While this is the case, it is still important that you receive treatment quickly and that you do not delay care for it. This is because BCC is known to grow deep down into the tissues and even reach the bone.

There are many ways that BCC can show up on your body and you may not even realize there is a problem at first. Some of the signs to look for include:

  • Shiny red or pink patches on the trunk of the body
  • Dome-shaped skin growths that have blood vessels visible inside
  • Hard, waxy, white, or yellow growths that appear to be a scar

When BCC presents itself as a sore on your body, you may find that it:

  • Does not heal or heals and then comes right back
  • Has a center that is sunken in
  • Bleeds
  • Has blood vessels in it
  • Gets crusty or oozes pus

It is not likely that BCC will be itchy or painful. The first sign of the skin cancer is an odd growth on the skin itself.

What Causes BCC?

Basal cell carcinoma is more common in some people than others, however, anyone can get it. The reasons below are common causes of the skin disease:

  • Spend time outdoors
  • Use if tanning beds
  • Gray, blue, or green eyes
  • Inability to tan
  • Light-colored skin
  • Freckles on the skin
  • Red or blonde hair
  • Relatives or family history of BCC
  • Have had BCC before
  • Long-term exposure to x-rays
  • Suppressed immune system

Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma in Brooklyn

At Kleydman Dermatology, we offer treatment for BCC in the form of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. This procedure is highly effective for BCC and is safe. During the procedure, the tumor will be removed while causing minimal damage to the skin around the tumor. The procedure is effective at making sure that the tumor and its roots are removed as well.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is best for BCC because it is highly targeted and can specifically remove tumors from the hairline, face, eyelids, and more.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to discuss Basal Cell Carcinoma treatment in Brooklyn, call our board-certified dermatologist at Kleydman Dermatology today.