Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that originates in the basal cells, which are the cells that produce new skin cells when old ones die. They often look like a transparent bump on the skin surface and are common in the head and neck.

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What is the possibility of spots on the face, chest, shoulders, and penis to turn cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a few spots on my face, chest, shoulders, and penis of concern. On the face, I have two spots, one on my forehead, small, slightly raised. Bled at one time, but has not changed in at least one to two years. Another on the right of my nose. It gets irritated and recently bled...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let us first come to face spot. This papules could be angiofibroma or BCC or nevi. Angiofibromas are benign growths, and they occur due to the proliferation of blood vessels so that they can bleed rarely. BCC is malignant, but it is rare to get for your age. But as t...  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are as follows: ...  Read Full »

I have a sore on my leg for a long time with a history of cancer. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sore on my leg for a long time. More than a year, I did shave part of my leg at one point. It became like a sore, but I have a strong history of cancer.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. In my opinion, your lesion should be biopsied as early as possible as you have a long-standing history of cutaneous cancer, and I fear it could be slow-growing skin cancer. I have two to three differential diagnosis. 1. Nodular squamou...  Read Full »

What is the red spot on my nose?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a red like spot on my nose for a few months and would like to get it looked at. It does not bleed or change shape. I think it has been there for a couple of months.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. Well in my opinion this red spot does not look ordinary to me (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is highly suspicious lesion as its margins look rolled up and it is present on sun exposed site as well. I am not scaring yo...  Read Full »

Will scratching a mole affect the biopsy report?

Query: Hi doctor, Six weeks ago, I noticed a mole on my back. There was no itching or redness. But, I scratched it and went to the Urgent Care Clinic. The doctor said it looked like an irritated nevus. Then, during a shower it came off completely and left a flat area. Within a few weeks, it reappeared. Now...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concern. With your descriptions it seems that you have melanocytic nevus. Scratching or healing would not affect the outcome of the biopsy. In a biopsy for making a diagnosis of BCC (basal cell carcinoma) we need to see basaloid cells with a pe...  Read Full »

Can I undergo surgery for Basal Cell Carcinoma under local anesthesia?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am 60 year old healthy female with medically controlled hypertension. I have Behcet’s disease, though mostly under control. I have had various tropical diseases. I also had hepatitis A at childhood, and TB meningitis. I also have scoliosis.  I have been diagnosed BCC (Basal...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should ask your surgeon the reason behind giving general anaesthesia in your case. Basal cell carcinoma is a locally invasive tumour with very rare chances of malignancy. The need for general anesthesia can arise when on clinical examination it was found that the...  Read Full »

Does radiation therapy increase the risk of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, 21 years ago, my friend had radiation therapy for a very small breast cancer. In the recent years, breast areola becomes dry. Biopsies revealed no cancer. She was followed closely by an oncologist and a dermatologist with number of tests. Recently, a mole appeared in the areola region. Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Post radiation therapy, the skin does suffer a burnt both immediate as well as on a long term. Dryness, itching leading to oozing and crusting are very common complaints after radiotherapy and can start as late as 15 to 20 years too after the treatment. Radiation therap...  Read Full »

I have a sore that crusts over, then falls off and weeps. Is it carcinoma?

Query: Hello doctor,I think I have cell carcinoma. It started a year ago. Tried antibiotic cream, antiseptic cream, fungi cream, etc. In the last two weeks, it has spread. It crusts over, then falls off, and then weeps or bleeds. Very sore and itchy.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Right now, your lesion has taken the shape of a scar. The diagnosis of carcinoma can only be made on biopsy and you are already on a dermatologist's list. So, do not panic and be patient. I...  Read Full »

How to prevent the spread of cancer through ayurveda?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 84 years old. A few months ago, he was diagnosed with basal-cell carcinoma on the forehead. It was removed by CO2 laser. Three years ago, he had melanoma. It was removed and no longer appeared. His present complaints are an abdominal hernia after surgery, cardiac ischemia,...  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In Ayurveda and Siddha, we manipulate the immune system of the patient with herbal drugs. The improved self-immunity has adequate capacity to scavenge (kill) the cancer cells. Thus, we prevent the spread of cancers. The following two drugs are the best to improve immun...  Read Full »

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