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.
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.