Basal Cell Cancer of the Skin

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1. Which doctors treat basal cell cancer?

Basal cell cancer is diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist or skin specialist. A surgeon especially one trained in microscopic surgery may also participate in the treatment.

2. Can basal cell cancer result in death of the patient?

Though basal cell cancer is the most common type of skin cancer, it accounts for less than 0.1% of all the deaths due to cancer.

3. How can one differentiate between squamous and basal cell cancer?

Squamous and basal cell cancer can be differentiated on the basis of location and clinical features, though it may be difficult at times. Biopsy helps in definite differentiation between the two basal cell cancer has cells that resemble those at the base of the epidermal layer of the skin, whereas squamous cell cancer is made of cells that resemble the upper layer of epidermis. Squamous cell cancers can spread to distant organs, whereas basal cell cancers usually spread only locally.

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I was diagnosed with large basal cell ca tumor on ear last week. Recoomended partial resection of ear. Have noticed accellerated growth of nodule since taking methotrexate 15mg ea Friday for severe inflammation with RA. Should I proceed with surgery and what about continuing methotrexate....Rheumatologist says methotrexate is treatment for cancer, continue taking it. Thank you for your advice Ingrid Mullins

I have an ulcerated basal cell carcinoma near my eye. You mentioned the prognosis is worse if the bcc is near the eye. Why is this?

very well written article covering all aspects of Rodent ulcer or basal cell cancer

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