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The majority of skin cancer cases are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – an estimated eight out of ten skin cancers are classified as BCC. This type of skin cancer affects the lower layer of the epidermis or basal cell layer. This type of skin cancer is slow-growing, but it can be deadly if left untreated. Our dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers basal cell carcinoma treatment at our state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan.

Causes and Symptoms of BCC

Anyone can get basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, but there are risk factors that can contribute to the formation of BCC lesions. Like most skin cancers, the most common cause of skin cancer is excessive exposure to UV rays. Other risk factors include light-colored skin, age, genetics and lifestyle choices (smoking). Some of the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma include:

  • Open sores that do not heal
  • A shiny bump, similar to a mole
  • Shiny-flat skin growth, similar to a scar
  • Reddish patch of skin that itches or is painful
  • Pink skin growth with a crusty indentation

Any skin growth that is unusual should be examined by a dermatologist. Some can be pre-cancerous growths or actual skin cancer that may require removal or treatment.

The good news is that BCC treatment is very effective when detection of lesions or growths occur early. Most BCCs are small growths that can be removed, eliminating the risk of the cancer spreading. Skin expert Dr. Morgan Rabach at LM Medical NYC is a board certified dermatologist who can diagnose and treat basal cell carcinoma, and treatment can be performed at our medical clinic in Greenwich Village.

If you need a preventive skin check or have a suspicious skin growth you think may be BCC, contact our office to book an appointment. We offer advanced options in basal cell carcinoma treatment to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

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