Basal Cell Carcinoma, or BCC, is the most common form of skin cancer. Fortunately, the cure rate is high, close to 100%, when they are detected and treated early. So what are the warning signs? You are at risk for BCC if you have one or more of the following:
- Fair Skin
- Blond or red hair
- Blue or green eyes
- Family history of skin cancer
- Weakened immune system
- Received radiation therapy
- Exposure to coal tar or arsenic.
- Increased sun exposure
Age is also a risk factor. BCC can occur at any age, but the risk of developing this skin cancer increases significantly with age.
What does BCC look like?
- Shiny bump or nodule, pearly or translucent and can be pink, red, or white.
- Open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts.
- A pink growth with a slightly elevated or rolled border.
- A reddish patch or irritated area that might bleed, itch, or hurt.
- A scar-like area that is white, yellow, or waxy, with poorly defined borders.
- A lesion that will not heal.
For more information on Skin Cancer Treatment in the greater Lansing and Mid-Michigan area, call Doctor’s Approach at (517) 993-5900.