Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in humans. People with a history of multiple sunburns and those living in sunny climates such as Mission Viejo in Orange County have a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma than other areas. When diagnosed early and treated appropriately, the outcome is excellent. If you have been told you have basal cell carcinoma or have a lesion that is suspicious for it, the skin cancer experts at Golden Coast Dermatology, skin cancer, and Vein Center can help you.

Our fellowship trained Mohs surgeon Dr. James Tidwell is an expert at treating these with the highest possible cure rate, 99.9% utilizing Mohs surgery. Call today or make an appointment online.


What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in humans and the most common form of skin cancer. It is associated with the number of sunburns one has had in most frequently occurs in light skinned individuals with a history of chronic sun exposure or living in sunny climates such communities in Orange County like Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, and Laguna Niguel.

There are both low risk types such as nodular and superficial types as well as more high risk types such as infiltrating or morpheaform variations.

It is important to recognize that more than two people die of skin cancer every hour. Skin cancer is a serious condition that when treated early has excellent results. Left untreated, it can be severely disfiguring or even fatal.types

"Dr. Tidwell has removed two basal cell carcinomas for me, one was on my left temple after two months we can't see where he has removed it. I had several stitches. Dr. Tidwell is the best. I highly recommend him. "
Teresa Draper
"Any diagnosis of cancer is scary. Several of my family have a positive history for skin cancer. Dr Tidwell’s office was professional but personal when they told me I too had a skin cancer. Arrangements were made quickly and efficiently for the surgical removal. Dr Tidwell has a professional manner and takes great pride in his work. But his peaceful and calming demeanor sets him in a class of his own. I am truly grateful he was the physician that removed my basal cell carcinoma on my nose. If you have a need for a dermatologist, I can highly recommend Dr Tidwell and his staff, based on my real experience."
Naomi Miller
"I started seeing Dr. Tidwell for what I thought would be a simple visit. After finding a spot on my nose that turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma, that changed. From the very beginning, Dr. Tidwell told me that he was going to make sure everything was removed, and that no one would be able to tell. After going in for a Mohs procedure that also resulted in getting a skin graft done, I was confident, but concerned due to how extensive the procedure was. One thing that impressed me was how confident he was through everything. He knew exactly what he was doing, and was always calm. After about 6 months, Dr. Tidwell was right, I can barely tell he did anything. With the combination of his knowledge, and the fact that he is one of the most caring doctors I have met, I can honestly say I will always see him for anything I need done. Words cannot explain how happy I am with everything. There definitely aren’t many doctors like him anymore, and I will suggest anyone see him for anything dermatology related."
Joshua Lanier

Who develops Basal Cell Carcinoma?

An estimated 4.3 million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Any ethnic background or any age age develop the tumor. It is most common in people over 50. People who live in sunnier areas and spend time outdoors such as Orange County are more likely to develop it than other locations.

The incidence of skin cancer is rising in the country. The diagnosis and treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the United States has increased by 77% between 1994 and 2014. These numbers are even higher in Southern California communities such as Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, and San Juan Capistrano.

What does Basal Cell Carcinoma look like?

Basal cell carcinomas are usually pink pearly bumps that occur on sun exposed skin. However, they can occur on any part of the skin including the groin.

They often appear as pimples that occasionally bleed. They often come and go but progressively get larger. They sometimes develop a shallow hole in the center with small blood vessels on their surface.

How can Basal Cell Carcinoma be treated?

When diagnosed early, they have an excellent cure rate. There are several treatments for it include curettage, wide margin excision, lasers, and Mohs micrographic surgery.

The highest cure are when treating these tumors is Mohs micrographic surgery, which has a 99.9% success rate for primary basal cell carcinomas. This technique also saves 47% more tissue than other treatment methods. Put simply, it has the best chance to cure it and also leaves the smallest hole needing to be repaired by reconstructive surgery.

When should I seek treatment?

If you had a spot on your skin that bleeds, it is enlarging, or will not seem to heal, it may need examination or a biopsy to check for a skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma.

The skin experts at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center can help you today.

Make an appointment online or call us to set up an appointment.

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