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Basal Cell Carcinoma - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


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Basal Cell Carcinoma Information

Basal cell carcinomas or BCCs are the most common skin cancer you'll come across. It involves uncontrolled growth of the basal cells of the skin, which line the deepest area of the epidermis. They often appear as open sores, shiny bumps, scars, red patches and pink growths on the skin. They tend to be caused by a combination of one's acute UV exposure plus intense, occasional UV exposure—the kind that leads to sunburn.

Basal cell carcinoma can be aggressive and highly disfiguring but it rarely metastasises beyond the original site of the tumor. When it does, however, it can be life threatening. It is the most frequent of all cancers. If not treated properly, it can erode into the skin and underlying tissues, disfiguring the person.

The major cause of BCCs occur on parts of the body excessively exposed to the sun - especially the face, scalp, ears, neck, back and shoulders. On less common cases, the BCC grows on an area of the skin unexposed to the sun. In some cases, exposure to arsenic, radiation and open sores that resist healing will lead to chronic inflammation and will lead to secondary basal cell carcinoma.

Anyone with a history of sun exposure can get BCC. The highest risk people are fair skinned, have blond or red hair, and green, blue or grey eyes. Older people are most affected but as the incidence has risen sharply over the recent years, the average age of the patient with basal cell cancer has steadily declined. The disease is extremely rare in children but a few teens will develop the disease. Many more people who are being diagnosed in their 20s and thirties. Most BCC is diagnosed in men but women are increasingly doing outdoor job and are getting diagnosed with the cancer.

While BCCs are almost always curable when treated early, most people do best if they are prevented before they occur. There are sun safety habits you can utilize as part of your sun exposure. These are the habits you can aspire to:

  • Try to stay in the shade between ten am and four pm
  • Do not let yourself get sunburnt
  • Avoid tanning and the use of UV tanning booths
  • Cover up with clothing and use UV blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat
  • Use sunscreen every day - at least SPF 15 or greater. If swimming, us water-resistant sunscreen
  • Put 2 tbsp of sunscreen on your entire body a half hour before going outside and reapply if swimming or sweating
  • Keep newborn babies out of the sun and use baby sunscreen on infants greater than six months
  • Examine your entire skin every month
  • See your doctor annually for a professional skin examination.

After you see the doctor and have a suspicious lesion diagnosed, the real confirmation comes with a skin biopsy. The doctor can do a punch biopsy or a shave biopsy to get a sampling of the cancer. After looking at the sample under the microscope, the diagnosis of basal cell cancer is confirmed. Then it is time to use one of the treatments below to eradicate the tumour. The type of treatment used depends on the patient's age, general health and on the size of the cancer and its location and depth. Cosmetic outcome is taken into consideration as well.

One treatment is the Mohs micrographic surgery. The doctor removes thin layers of tissue, looking at it right away under the microscope. If tumour is still present, another thin layer is removed until a slice is obtained that is tumour-free. This saves healthy tissue and has the highest cure rate—around 98 percent or better. The wound is allowed to heal naturally.

Excisional surgery involves numbing the area and removing a wedge crescent shaped incision around a circular lesion. The incision is then closed with stitches, leaving a small scare. The effectiveness is not the same as with the Mohs surgery but it is still around 90 percent.

Curettage and electrodesiccation involves scraping off the lesion with a curette and burning the base with electrocautery. It can be repeated several times over to make sure the cancer cells are eliminated. The cure rate is about 90 percent but it isn't useful for aggressive tumours.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here