Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is a slow growing form of cancer that begins in the outer layer of the skin. It may appear as a small white or flesh-colored bump that grows slowly and may bleed. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common of skin cancer and are usually found on areas of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. Basal cell carcinoma, which is also called basal cell cancer, rarely spreads to other parts of the body.
What to look for:
- White or waxy dome-shaped growth that may have visible blood vessels. Grows slowly and may bleed or ooze and develop a crust. May sink in the center.
- A brown or flesh-colored patch that is flat and scaly and does not heal. Is sometimes mistaken for eczema. Can also appear shiny and red.
- A white, waxy growth that looks like a scar. Can be very easy to overlook, but should can be a sign of a particularly invasive cancer.
Check for Changes and Call Your Dermatologist
Be sure to check your skin thoroughly on a regular basis. If you have moles or skin sores that are new or are changing, make an appointment to have them examined by a medical dermatologist as soon as possible. A skin biopsy can be performed during an office visit and, depending on the findings of the report, a treatment plan can be developed to manage the cancer before it spreads.
Here in the High Desert of beautiful Bend, Oregon, we get to enjoy amazing weather and a lot of gorgeous sunny days, but unprotected exposure to the sun, especially over a number of years, can increase your chances of skin cancer. Don’t let it get away from you. Make an appointment with us at Central Oregon Dermatology if you have any concerns about moles, rashes, or skin conditions.