Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells — a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off. Most basal cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen may help protect against basal cell carcinoma.
Signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma:
- Open sore
- Red bumps
- Red patches
- Shiny bumps
Risk factors of skin cancer
- Patients with a light skin tone
- Patients with skin that burns easily
- Patients who have a history of tanning bed use
- Patients who are frequently exposed to the sun through leisure or occupational activities
- Patients who are a recipient of an organ transplant
Skin cancer prevention
- Avoid peak sunlight during the day
- Avoid indoor tanning bed
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Regular self skin monitoring and annually skin check by physician
Skin cancer treatment
Treatment for skin cancer depends on types and stages. The goal of treatment is to remove cancer completely. Most people with non-melanoma skin cancer have one or more of the following treatments:
- Biopsy could be performed in order to confirm the diagnosis before starting the treatments
- Surgery – skin cancer is usually treated with surgery to remove cancer.
Get a Skin Cancer Screening at Katu Dermatology
Katu Dermatology offers comprehensive skin cancer examinations. Let our certified dermatologists examine your skin for any marks that have an unusual size, color, or texture. Book an appointment with us today.