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Everything You Need To Know About Basal Cell Carcinoma From a Brentwood Dermatologist

You should see a Brentwood dermatologist once a year for a skin cancer screening.  One of the cancers that they will be looking for is basal cell carcinoma or BCC.  This is the most common form of skin cancer, with 3.6 million cases being diagnosed each year.  

What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Most often BCC will occur on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun.  Risk factors for basal cell carcinoma include prolonged exposure to the sun, tanning beds, fair skin, history of sunburns, family history of skin cancer, and a weakened immune system.

What Does BCC Look Like?

Basal cell carcinomas are typically a small, pink growth with a rolled edge.  It may be shiny or waxy in appearance.  BCC is slow growing and does not normally spread to other parts of the body.  It is often found on the face, scalp, hands, and neck. 

If you think you have any growths that are suspicious, schedule an appointment with a Brentwood dermatologist for an exam and diagnosis.  Your doctor may perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.  

Brentwood Dermatologist Recommended Treatment for BCC

Fortunately, basal cell carcinomas are slow growing, not typically life threatening, and highly treatable.  Your Brentwood dermatologist will discuss the best treatment option for you based on the size, location, and extent of the growth.

Treatment Options include: 

  • Mohs surgery
  • Excisional surgery
  • Curettage and electrodessication
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Topical Medications

With proper treatment, BCCs are not concerning to your long-term health.  However, if left untreated they can cause damage to the surrounding tissues.  

Continue to have regular skin cancer screenings with your Brentwood dermatologist to identify any potential new cancerous spots

Best Brentwood Dermatologist for Skin Cancer Treatment

If you have any suspicious moles, spots, or growths, it’s important that they are checked by a Brentwood dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.  Early detection and treatment result in the best outcomes and minimize potential complications.

Dr. Binhlam is a board-certified dermatologist in Brentwood, TN, serving the Nashville area.  He has over 30 years of experience in medical and cosmetic dermatology and can treat all of your skin concerns with compassion and integrity.  Call today to schedule your screening with Dr. Binhlam!