About Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cells are located in the innermost layer of your epidermis, but when they mutate, they become known as basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). This is a type of skin cancer that commonly arises on the face, head, neck, and hands but can develop almost anywhere on the body. Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing skin cancer, but it can spread deep within the epidermis, which can be difficult to remove. BCC is usually caused by excessive sun exposure and/or habitual indoor tanning. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson is highly trained and experienced in treating BCC. To set up a skin cancer screening, call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
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"Best experience at a doctors office! The office is clean beautiful and inviting with relaxing music. No waiting, was taken in right away. Dr. Wilkerson was kind, professional, extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Jackie was so sweet and helpful. They even offer you water. Lovely office!"- E.A. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"As a physician myself, I can tell you that Dr. Wilkinson is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily pleasant. I highly recommend him. I will be referring many patients to him."- M.M. / Google / Jan 24, 2021
Overexposure to the sun's damaging UV rays is the main reason for the development of basal cell carcinomas. Individuals who regularly sunbathe or visit tanning salons for a full body tan are at greater risk for acquiring basal cell carcinoma. You may also be more susceptible to BCC if you have the following:
- A genetic predisposition or condition that aids in skin cancer growths
- A suppressed immune system
- Open sores or lesions that will not heal
- Skin on the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back that is regularly exposed to the sun without protection
- A current skin complication from injury, radiation, excessive scarring, and more
BCCs can be flat or raised, flesh-colored growths. Many people mistake them for pimples or patches of eczema, which is why it's important to get routine skin exams so you know what is normal and abnormal. This is especially crucial once you notice an area of skin that has changed in texture or color. Although basal cell carcinoma is rarely aggressive, it should be removed as soon as possible for the best prognosis. The longer you wait, the deeper it can grow, which means the greater your disfigurement (since the skin will need to be excised until all the cancer is removed).
Dr. Wilkerson offers several treatment options for basal cell carcinoma. These therapies include surgical excision, electrodesiccation/curettage, cryotherapy, Mohs surgery, and topical chemotherapy. The benefits and risks of each treatment vary, as well as recovery time. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wilkerson will perform a thorough skin cancer screening and may take a biopsy of the suspicious tissue to determine a diagnosis. If BCC is confirmed, he will review all your options in detail and provide a recommendation for which treatment he thinks would be best for you.
Set Up Your BCC Screening
At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson cares about the dermal health of each of his patients. Don't live in fear by wondering if you have BCC or not, and get an exam today. Dr. Wilkerson can determine whether you have skin cancer and move quickly to create a treatment plan to eliminate cancerous tissue. Call our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL today.
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