Close to two million Americans are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma each year, making it the most common type of cancer. The good news is that although basal cell carcinoma is common, it is the slowest growing of the skin cancers, and it is very treatable. While it can still pose health risks if left untreated, there are phenomenal treatments available right near West Palm Beach. Precision Medical Specialists offers advanced options in basal cell carcinoma treatment at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
What Are the Symptoms Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)?
Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, presents in many ways, which can make it difficult to detect. Knowing the possible signs and symptoms of BCC can help you recognize skin growths that may be malignant. Detecting skin cancer early and receiving BCC treatment is the best way to stop it from spreading to other areas of the body. Some of the possible signs of BCC include:
- A scaly patch of skin on or near the ear
- A red or pink bump that has an indent in the middle
- A waxy or shiny growth on the skin that may look like a scar
- Round growth that may be skin-colored, brown, black, red, pink or tan
- Tan or slightly darker scaly spots on the skin
- A sore that does not heal and may bleed or ooze fluid
- Raised, scaly skin that may be red or pink and itchy or irritated
The problem with many BCC skin growths is that they look similar to many benign skin occurrences. They can look like a pimple, scar, wart or sunspot that are not harmful skin conditions. It is important to have any skin growth checked by a qualified dermatologist before it is removed to ensure that it is not skin cancer.
Treatment for BCC
Most basal cell carcinoma treatments include removal of the cancerous skin growth. Dr. Chiang is a highly-respected dermatologist that offers advanced treatments for BCC that are effective in stopping the spread of this disease. The type of treatment depends on the type of BCC and how deep the cancer cells have grown into the skin. Surgical removal is likely and other treatments may be recommended.
If you have a suspicious skin growth or have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, treatment and excellent care is available for skin cancer at Precision Medical Specialists. Contact our office in Wellington, FL, to schedule a skin cancer consultation with Dr. Chiang.