BCC stands for basal cell carcinoma. It is a nonmelanocytic skin tumor that develops from basal cells. It is caused due to repeated and unprotected UV radiation from sunlight. People working at the beach and spending time on outsports have a high risk of developing BCC. It initiates as a white waxy lump on the sun-exposed areas of the skin. BCC is treated by surgery to remove cancerous cells, topical chemotherapy, cryotherapy, radiotherapy, and targeted therapy.
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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 »
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 ... 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 »
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 »