Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC)
Basal Cell Carcinomas are the most common type of skin cancer diagnosed each year in Canada. Although it is not an aggressive cancer, it still must be treated to avoid it advancing to a tumorous growth that can affect nerves, blood vessels, and underlying bone. For the most part BCC’s are very slowly growing and only affect localized areas of skin.
Basal Cell Carcinomas can be seen in any skin type and occur as a result of ultraviolet exposure that accumulates over your life-time, particularly sunburns in childhood.
If a BCC is identified and treated early, it is often only a minor disruption to normal life.
BCC’s have many different ways they can present on the skin from red growing bumps, to red shiny flat spots, to open bleeding sores. Patients often present to the clinic concerned about a spot that is similar to a shaving injury that will not heal. Many others describe a persistent pimple that bleeds when touched. Early detection can allow for timely surgical intervention to ensure the tumor has been completely removed with as minimal scarring as possible.