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What is Basal Cell Carcinoma and how can it be treated?

Basal Cell Carcinoma or BCC is also commonly referred to as a rodent ulcer. It normally occurs in the head or neck area and can be raised from the skin with a small area of ulceration in the centre and little red blood vessels within the lesion called telangiectasia.
Basal Cell Carcinoma do need to be treated. However they are not aggressive and they generally don’t tend to spread to lymph node or metastasize. And certainly they don’t tend to cause impaired expectancy of life.
There are numerous types of Basal Cell Carcinoma from superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma that we can treat with topical agents to more aggressive or more infiltrative or Morpheaform Basal Cell Carcinoma which needs to be diagnosed via a skin biopsy that we do here at the Clinica. And then the treatment of those types of Basal Cell Carcinoma would be surgical excision. Again, we provide all of this care here at Clinica.

More about Jennifer Crawley

Jennifer Crawley is a Consultant Dermatologist at Clinica London with a special interest in dermatology. She is an expert in both adult and paediatric dermatology and has particular interests in research, teaching and leading audit projects.
She gained a MBChB qualification from University of Bristol in 2002, after gaining BSc. (Hons) Cellular & Molecular Pathology in 1999. During following years, she undertook training and gained work experience in Bristol and London.
Further, she has performed a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including surgical excision of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, incisional biopsies, shave excisions and curettage and cautery.


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