Basal Cell Cancer
- Basal cell cancer is now the most common cancer in humans, not only the most common form of skin cancer.
- These skin cancers may appear as pink bumps that can be mistaken for pimples, moles, or other benign growths, and Dr. Sherber uses a trained eye as well as dermoscopy to diagnose them.
- Some basal cell cancers may appear skin-colored or may have clumps of dark pigmentation.
- They may bleed easily or be slow to heal.
Depending on the site and the size of the basal cell cancer, Dr. Sherber may recommend Mohs surgery or a plastic surgical excision. With complete removal, recurrence should not be a concern.
- For superficial variants, a topical treatment approach may be appropriate.
For basal cell cancers on the face, pre-treating the area of excision with laser and/or Botox may be advisable to optimize scar healing.
- Following a diagnosis of skin cancer, ongoing broad spectrum sun protection and regular total body skin examinations are critically important.