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What Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Look Like?

February 27, 2018

Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that grows on areas of skin that are exposed to a lot of sunlight and UV radiation.

If you’ve found a suspicious-looking spot on your skin that you think might be basal cell carcinoma, it’s natural to feel worried and scared. This is why it’s important to regularly perform skin check-ups. The earlier cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat.

Check out this blog for helpful tips for checking for signs of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma usually appears on the face or neck, but you can actually get them on any part of your body. If you’ve got lighter skin, you are at more risk for developing this form of skin cancer.

So, if you have found a spot, how can you be sure it’s not a regular mole, scar, or scab? What does basal cell carcinoma look like?

Here’s what you can look for.

  • Small shiny bumps
  • Dome-shaped skin growth with blood vessels inside
  • Pink, brown, or black color
  • Flesh colored-mole or pimple that just won’t go away
  • Scaly pink or red patches of skin
  • Waxy, hard feeling to the touch
  • Fragility, they bleed easily

Do these symptoms match the area of skin that concerns you? Contact a doctor right away to schedule an appointment so you can receive an official diagnosis.

In the meantime, ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you spend a lot of time in the sun while growing up without proper sun protection?
  • Have you had sunburns that blistered?
  • How often do you wear sunscreen?
  • Have you ever used a tanning bed?
  • Have you ever had an unusual bleeding spot on your skin that won’t heal or go away?

After you meet with a doctor and it does turn out you have a basal cell carcinoma, don’t be frightened. There are many treatments available with extremely high success rates.

Ask your doctor about the SRT-100 from Sensus Healthcare. Our innovative, non-invasive machine utilizes precisely calibrated doses of superficial radiation that penetrate the uppermost layers of skin to effectively kill cancer kills.

Have more questions? Contact Sensus Healthcare today.