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Basal Cell Cancer - BCC

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer

It appears in areas of chronic sun exposure and sun damage

BCC rarely spreads to other parts but if left neglected can grow and cause significant local destruction and disfigurement

Superficial Basal Cell Cancer

Superficial early BCC can be effectively treated with creams. This is a fully funded option in New Zealand. They can also be effectively treated by Liquid Nitrogen if it does not involve a big area

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Nodular Basal Cell Cancer

Nodular BCC are pearl like growth with increased red vessels which are most effectively treated with surgery

This pearl like red lesion with prominent blood vessels is a nodular basal cell cancer. The dark one filled with craters like the moon is an innocent warty growth (seborrhoeic keratosis).

Close up:Nodular Basal Cell Cancer (BCC). Click to enlarge (Photo by Dr. Siva Nachiappan/ Eastmed Doctors.)

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Pigmented Basal Cell Cancer

Pigmented BCC's can mimic melanoma and thus need excising for proper tissue diagnosis

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Morpheic or Sclerosing Basal Cell Cancer

Morpheic BCC are flat and sometimes aggressive and need surgical excision as well

If not treated they expand, ulcerate, bleed and rarely metastasize. Whatever method employed to treat BCC they can always be completely cured

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