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 those living in 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, our skin cancer expert can help you.
Our Mohs surgeon, Dr. Jessica Kim, is an expert at treating basal cell carcinomas 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 and most frequently occurs in light skinned individuals with a history of chronic sun exposure or living in sunny climates, like the communities in Orange County, such as 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, but when treated early, there can be excellent results. Left untreated, it can be severely disfiguring or even fatal.
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 can develop the tumor. However, it is most common in people over 50. People who live in sunnier areas and spend time outdoors are more likely to develop it than those who live in 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 get progressively 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, there is an excellent cure rate. There are several treatments for basal cell carcinomas, including curettage, wide margin excision, lasers, and Mohs micrographic surgery.
The highest cure rate 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, 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 cancer 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.