Identifying basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma, also known as BCC, is the skin cancer that most people are at the greatest risk. Every skin cancer is serious, but the saving grace with regard to BCC is that it is easy to detect early. Early detection means greatly increases the chances that the skin cancer can be treated and removed before it has a chance to spread. We think it is crucial that you know the most common warning signs of basal cell skin cancer:
- An open sore that bleeds easily
A skin growth that is somewhat dome shaped that is typically pink or skin-colored. Can also be have flecks of brown or black in the growth. Appearance can be subtle, as the cancerous lesion grows slowly. Eventually takes on the form of an open sore that crusts over and tends to bleed easily.
- A shiny scar
Sometimes basal cell carcinoma presents as a bump or a nodule that has a pearly sheen. These nodules can be many colors, including white, pink, red, black, tan or brown. Because of this coloration, these bumps are sometimes confused with moles. They are waxy feeling, and a hardened growth that looks like a scar. It can be difficult to distinguish the edges.
- A red growth with rolled borders
A growth that is bright pink or red, with peculiarly rolled borders, is a concerning sign of the possibility that BCC may be developing. This lesion is often crusted or indented in the center. It may also develop corresponding blood vessels over time.
- An irritated patch of skin
A patch of skin that’s chronically irritated, and that will not go away is another sign of BCC. These types of patches are most often found on the chest, arms, legs, shoulders, and face. They may or may not be itchy or painful.
Who is at risk for basal cell carcinoma?
Anyone can get this common skin cancer, but consider the traits of people who have a greater risk. In addition to physical traits; people who spend a lot of time outdoors without using sunscreen and people who frequently use tanning beds are a greater risk of getting BCC. They commonly have one or more of the following risk factors:
- Light-colored or freckled skin.
- Blue, green, or gray eyes.
- Blond or red hair.
- An inability to tan.
Treatment for skin cancer in Charlotte, NC
If you are concerned that a skin irregularity or a mole may be cancerous, you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the most effective treatment, while you experience a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your aging skin.