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What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Characterized by visible growths, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer that is common around the face, neck, arms, and shoulders. These are the areas most often exposed to sunlight. Making prevention the best strategy against the condition, especially for those predisposed to it. Prevention should include regular visits to your Sun City, AZ, dermatologists Dr. Patricia Carroll-Chen and Dr. Timothy Salmon of Precision Dermatology. You can consult with them to learn more about BCC.

Basal Cells

Basal cells are found on the outermost layer of the skin, and as new ones are produced old ones are expelled onto the surface where they are disposed of. This is what should happen, but when they're impacted by ultraviolet (UV) radiation these cells can become damaged. Their DNA gets altered and causes uncontrolled growth.

These growths are the common symptoms of basal cell carcinoma, although it could also manifest as a brown or red scaly patch or small bump.

Prevention

Prolonged exposure to the sun or ultraviolet light from other sources, such as tanning beds, as well as severe sunburns, can all bring about the condition. This is especially true for those with a family history of BCC, fair skin, and those whose skin sunburns easily.

Taking care to avoid spending too much time out when the sun is brightest is important. You should also use sunscreen when you know you will be outside, even for short periods of time, and avoiding tanning beds altogether.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Care in Sun City, AZ

One of the most important preventative steps you can take is having your skin examined by your dermatologist on a regular basis, it can simplify treatments and prevent complications if conditions like this are caught early. Your dermatologist can visually inspect your skin for noticeable problems, and biopsy those areas of concern. Treatment typically involves the removal of the growth, but surgical means may be required if there is the possibility of it spreading to the surrounding skin.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Carroll-Chen and Dr. Salmon of Precision Dermatology in Sun City, AZ, by dialing (623) 875-2600.

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