Basal Cell Skin Cancer
Basal Cell skin cancer is one of the most common types of skin cancer, and nearly 3 million new cases are diagnosed every year. They begin in the deepest layers of the skin and may resemble shiny bumps, scars, red patches or open sores. Although basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes beyond the original tumor, it can still be disfiguring and may increase the risk of suffering from future skin cancers.
Virtually all basal Cell skin cancer cases are associated with excess sun exposure. They tend to occur on the face, scalp, ears, shoulder, back and neck. However, they can also develop on areas that are rarely exposed to the sun, which is why regular skin checks are so important. Sun exposure is the biggest risk factor, but certain vaccines, chronic inflammatory skin conditions and infections may also increase the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. Those who are at the highest risk are naturally fair people with light-colored hair and eyes.
If you have been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma, Dr. Ghasri offers a variety of treatment options. Mohs micrographic surgery may be one of the most effective methods, particularly for recurring cases. Mohs micrographic surgery is used to remove the tumor while leaving as much healthy tissue as possible. Other possible treatments include curettage and electrodessication, cryosurgery, radiation, photodynamic therapy, laser surgery and excisional surgery. Topical medications may also be suggested. Dr. Ghasri will provide a comprehensive evaluation and make recommendations based on your specific needs, including the size and location of the tumor.
Basal Cell skin cancer is highly treatable, but it is also extremely preventable by taking just a few minutes out of each day to protect your skin. Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. whenever possible, and wear clothing that keeps your skin covered along with a broad-brimmed hat. Use a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunblock with a minimum of 15 SPF, and reapply as directed. Check your skin monthly, and visit Dr. Ghasri annually for a head-to-toe skin checkup. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ghasri, our skin doctor in Los Angeles.