Basal Cell Carcinoma
BCCs are abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells,
which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin).
BCCs often look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars and are usually
caused by a combination of cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure.
After the physician’s examination, the diagnosis of BCC is confirmed with a biopsy.
In this procedure, the skin is first numbed with local anesthesia. A sample of the tissue is then removed
and sent to be examined under a microscope in the laboratory to seek a definitive diagnosis.
If tumour cells are present, treatment is required. Fortunately, there are several effective methods for eliminating
the type, size, location, and depth of penetration of the tumour, the patient’s age and general health,
and the likely outcome to his or her appearance.