Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma at Western New York Dermatology.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer.
BCCs are locally invasive and can be very subtle. Early on, they are completely asymptomatic, but as they develop they can bleed or become tender.
One of the main risk factors is sun and ultraviolet light exposure. For this reason, they are most common on the face, neck, and arms, since these areas of skin tend to receive the most ultraviolet light over time.
BCCs come in many different varieties, including superficial, nodular, infiltrative, morpheaform, etc.
They can be diagnosed by a simple biopsy in the office and treated in many different ways depending on the type. BCCs invade tissue locally are rarely metastasize.
Patients who have had one BCC have an over 50% chance of developing another, so regular skin checks are important even after successful treatment.