The initial signs of basal cell carcinoma may not catch your attention. That’s because it may only appear slightly different than normal skin.
It can, however, spread to surrounding skin. This usually happens slowly, so again a person may not feel alarmed. The problem here is not recognizing it and failure to get proper treatment.
This could lead to considerable skin damage requiring plastic surgery.
Just something to think about when we overexpose ourselves to the sun.
Below, you can view some basal cell carcinoma pictures showing how these signs of basal cell carcinoma can appear in various forms.
They are intended only to show how it appeared on these individuals. It may begin to appear without you even recognizing it.
For example, this last May (Skin Cancer Awareness Month) I attended a free skin cancer screening. The dermatologist spotted a precancerous basal cell skin cancer on my right cheek.
When I look in the mirror, I hardly can see it.
Needless to say, I'm having it removed.
Things that increase the risk for basal cell are:
• Light complexion skin
• Green or blue eyes
• Light colored hair, blonde or red
• Overexposure to sun rays, even x-rays
Basal cell cancer almost never spreads. However, without treatment it can spread to nearby skin tissue and bone.
The cancer may appear as a growth or bump. It could appear as pearly or waxy, light pink or white, flesh colored or brown. The skin can even remain flat or be just slightly raised.
This skin cancer can grow as tumors, mostly on the face and sometimes anywhere else on the body. The tumors do not all look alike. They most commonly appear as a small red swelling or lump. It can very easily resemble eczema or psoriasis.
A subtype of basal cell carcinoma is called superficial basal cell carcinoma. It appears, most commonly, on the trunk and as a patch.
Another form of this common type of skin cancer is known as morphoeic and has an irregular outline.
This is a very aggressive form of the basal cell carcinomas. It usually grows to a larger size and is more likely to recur. It requires extensive plastic surgery.
Sometimes these tumors can be dark pigmented.
Whenever you see anything you suspect as being the signs of basal cell carcinoma, see your Doctor or dermatolagist right away.
It's a good idea to do a self skin exam and take advantage of the free skin cancer screenings every month of May (Skin Cancer/Melanoma month). Check with your local hospitals and/or do a Google search to find the information.
Beyond that I personally believe the strength of our immune system has much to do with prevention and protection against all disease.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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