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Jun 13, 2011

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)


What causes basal cell carcinoma? 

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.  It tends to develop in areas of high sun exposure—the hands, ears, face, neck and scalp—but chemical exposure, scarring, burns, and infections can also contribute to tumors developing in other areas. 

Basal cell carcinoma may begin as an open sore, a red or shiny patch, a pink growth or a tight, scar-like area of skin. Long-term sun exposure increases a person’s likelihood of developing basal cell carcinoma.  Older people and outdoor workers, therefore, are at higher risk, but the incidence of basal cell carcinoma is also increasing among younger people. 

Why treat basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is rarely fatal and is easily treated when detected early.  Early intervention also helps to guarantee minimal surgical scarring.  Untreated tumors have the potential to become highly disfiguring.

Should you develop a suspicious growth or patch of skin, please call to request an appointment with one of our dermatologists immediately.

If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer treatments, skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology or cosmetic dermatology in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, click here to request an appointment with Dr. Timothy Woodall, Dr. Richard White, or Ms. Kristin Berka. Or you can call our office, The Palmetto Skin & Laser Center, at (803) 329-6030 to schedule your appointment.