Basal cell carcinoma is the most prevalent form of skin cancer, and in fact the most frequently diagnosed form of skin cancer in the United States. We treat dozens of basal cells every month at the Calabasas Dermatology Center.
Millions of people discover they have this condition every year. Fortunately, this type of skin cancer grows slowly and rarely spreads through the body. Quick diagnosis and treatment is important. If left untreated, basal cell carcinoma can penetrate deep into the skin, causing more serious problems.
Basal cell carcinoma is caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, such as from the sun or tanning beds. This form of skin cancer can form anywhere on the body. However, it most often forms on areas of the skin that receive heavy sun exposure, including the face, neck, and the back of the hands. It is more common in people over 50. Signs of skin cancer include the following.
If you notice any of these on your body, it is best to contact a board-certified dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.
If the doctor determines that your growth is cancerous, there are several skin cancer treatment options available to you. They all can be done in our office under local anesthesia.
The team of skin cancer experts at the Calabasas Dermatology Center, under the guidance of award-winning board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch, are well-equipped to diagnose and treat any growth you may have, including basal cell carcinoma. Make sure to schedule an appointment right away and not waste time while the cancer grows, which might lead to a larger scar or more difficult treatment.
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