The symptoms of basal cell carcinoma occasionally resemble the features of non-cancerous skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician or specialist can decide for sure if it is basal cell carcinoma. If you believe you may have a basal cell carcinoma, see a doctor right away.
The Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma: 5 Warning Signs
1. Open Sores
Open sores that bleed, ooze, or crust repeatedly are a common sign of early stage basal cell carcinoma. For example, a wound or sore that remains open for a couple of weeks, heals, closes, and then a couple weeks later reopens.
2. Reddish, Irritated Skin
Patches of red, irritated skin can be a symptom of basal cell carcinoma. They frequently occur on the face, chest, shoulders, arms, and legs. In some cases, the area in question may cause pain or itchiness, in others, the skin remains red with no discomfort at all.
3. Shiny Bumps or Nodules
Raised areas of skin that are shiny or pearly are another warning sign of basal cell carcinoma. They can appear pink, red, or white, and tan, black, or brown on those with dark hair. Occasionally, these nodules can be confused with a normal mole.
4. Elevated Growths
Growths with a slightly raised border and crusted indentation in the center, often pink, are another symptom of basal cell carcinoma. As the growth grows in size, blood vessels may develop on its surface.
5. Apparent Scars
Waxy, yellow, or white areas on the skin that look similar to scars are an indicator of the presence of an invasive basal cell carcinoma that is actually larger than it appears to be on the surface. They generally have ill-defined borders, and the skin looks taut.
If you think you might have a basal cell carcinoma, contact your doctor immediately. If you are seeking treatment for basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, consider the SRT-100™ as an alternative to Mohs surgery.
The SRT-100™ delivers precise bursts of Superficial Radiotherapy to the affected area. The treatment is painless, and there is no downtime afterwards. Interested in learning more about the SRT-100™? Contact Sensus Healthcare today or ask your doctor if the SRT-100™ is the right treatment for you.