Early Warning Signs of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Of the three major types of skin cancers (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma), basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type, with over 3 million reported cases every year. Like most skin cancers, which exhibit abnormal growth of skin cells, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) commonly develops in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, ears, and shoulders. People who are fair-skinned and have blue or green eyes, or have many relatives who have had BCC are especially prone to developing it.

Warning Signs

Although BCC tumors rarely metastasize, it is important to get proper treatment as soon as it is detected. In its early stages, BCC can be treated easily, so look for these warning signs:

  • A sore that persists for weeks but repeatedly heals and then bleeds
  • A shiny, clear or pearly bump that appears red, pink, or white. Sometimes it can be darker in color and is mistaken for a mole.
  • A red, irritated patch of skin that usually appears on the face, shoulders, legs, arms, or chest
  • A scar-like skin patch that has uneven borders
  • A pink growth with rolled edges and a crusty center

If you see any of these signs, see a dermatologist immediately for diagnosis. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been working with patients for over 30 years and has the expertise to treat not only skin cancer but other conditions like acne, psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema. Once Dr. Vaillant takes a skin biopsy to determine the presence of BCC, he will present treatment options that are appropriate for the condition, size, and region of the tumor. These treatments can include surgery, laser, radiation, topical and oral medications. Dr. Vaillant can assist you through these treatment options and help you achieve healthier skin! Please call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and schedule an appointment today!