Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer in humans. BCC typically occurs on areas of chronic sun exposed skin, especially head, neck and upper body. It is usually slow growing and it is significant because it can cause local destruction of tissue and consequent disfigurement. It should not be neglected for those reasons. It almost never spreads to other parts of the body, unlike melanoma.

There are several different sub-types of BCC and there are several different modes of treatment. Treatment mode really depends on the size, sub-type and site on the body, and other factors in the patient’s history. One mode of treatment may be appropriate for one type but not indicated for another type. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapeutic creams, phototherapy, curettage and cautery (burning), 
cryotherapy (freezing) and radiotherapy.