Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most commonly occurring type of skin cancer, affecting nearly two million people each year in the United States alone. Fortunately, you have plenty of options if you are diagnosed with this type of skin cancer, as it is not usually life-threatening. However, early diagnosis and the right treatment are the best ways to ensure you don’t experience any severe problems.
Désirée Ratner, M.D., P.C. offers diagnosis and treatment services in Manhattan, NY.
How to Identify Basal Cell Carcinoma
While a regular physical or checkup can help you spot problems early, you can look for signs on your own as well. BCC manifests in different ways, including:
- Open sores: Specifically, a sore that doesn’t heal is a warning sign. You may also notice that the sore bleeds or oozes.
- Irritated areas: Any irritated or reddish spots that don’t go away or that itch, hurt, or crust with no explanation can be signs of BCC.
- Growths: A new, pink growth that is crusted or that displays red blood vessels is another warning sign to watch for.
- Bumps: A pink, red, white, tan, black, or brown bump may not seem threatening, but it could be a sign of BCC.
While BCC often appears on the areas of your skin that receive the most direct sunlight, that’s not always the case. Our team can help you identify symptoms and diagnose BCC anywhere on your body.
What Treatment We Offer
BCC is very treatable, which means you have plenty of options to choose from. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may recommend skin creams, scraping, excision, or Mohs surgery. No matter the size of your skin cancer, we will be here to guide you and provide the best treatments available.
Call us today at (917) 890-4688 for basal cell carcinoma treatment and diagnosis.