What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Published on January 27, 2017

There are a wide variety of known skin cancers that countless people are affected by. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for roughly 80% of diagnosed skin cancers annually.

The tissue affected by this cancer are the basal cells located in the lowest layer of your epidermis, the outer layer of your skin. This cancer can occur on areas like the ears, face, shoulders, and chest. It typically takes the form of a sore, shiny bump or irritated patch of skin that seems to never fully heal. It progresses slowly and does not metastasize.

If you are interested in undergoing diagnostic testing to see if you may have basal cell carcinoma or are interested in finding an effective treatment for your skin cancer, contact us to schedule a consultation with skin cancer surgeon Dr. Jeffery Marcus.