Dermatology: Basal Cell Carcinoma2018-09-21T10:53:09+00:00

Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Conditions Treated

    Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Treatable Areas

    Any part of the body

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Dr Jennifer Crawley

Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology Specialist

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer. It is the most common type (greater than 80%) of all skin cancer in the UK. Basal cell carcinomas are sometimes referred to as ‘rodent ulcers’.

The most common cause is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or from sunbeds. Basal cell carcinoma can occur anywhere on the body, but we find them most on sun-exposed areas such as your face, head, neck and ears. Risk factors include fair skin, a tendency to burn rather than tan, and previous history.

We can cure basal cell carcinoma in almost every case. Treatment can be more complicated if the basal cell carcinoma has been neglected for a long time, or if it occurs in an awkward place, such as close to the eye or on the nose or ear.

Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to other parts of the body. Although it is a type of skin cancer, it is almost never life-threatening.

Basal cell carcinoma self-care

Treatment will be much easier if we detect your basal cell carcinoma early. Basal cell carcinomas can vary in their appearance, but it is advisable to see your doctor if you have any concern. Protection from UV light is crucial.

Basal cell carcinoma treatment

The most common dermatology treatment for basal cell carcinoma is surgery. We can also use some other, but less common, treatment modalities. For example, we may use topical therapy for certain sub-types of basal cell carcinoma.
Surgical excision is the preferred treatment, but the choice of other treatments depends on:

  • the site and size of the basal cell carcinoma
  • the condition of the surrounding skin
  • the number of basal cell carcinomas to be treated (some people have multiple)
  • as well as the overall state of health of each person to be treated.

Contact us for a Basal Cell Carcinoma consultation

During your appointment at Clinica London, we’ll perform a full and thorough history. In addition, we’ll perform a detailed examination of the lesion, including examination by dermatoscopy. This involves looking at the lesion with a special instrument called a dermatoscope.

This consists of a magnifier and light source and allows in-depth inspection of skin lesions to help decide if it is benign or cancerous. We can examine all parts of the body, including the torso, limbs, face, neck, hands and feet with this method.

As part of the investigation and management of a basal cell carcinoma, we’ll perform a skin biopsy or skin excision in the minor procedure room at Clinica London. This involves injecting a local anaesthetic to the area and removing or sampling the area. We then send this to the histopathology laboratory for analysis. We would then bring you back to discuss all the results and what treatment you may need.

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which dermatology treatment options are best for you.

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“What I loved most was her willingness to take my knowledge of my disease and experience into consideration. I am very impressed and feel lucky to be in her care.”
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“Dr. Crawley is always in such a good mood and always does her utmost to help. Best doctor I have ever seen!”
Matthew K.
“Dr. Crawley has a wonderful manner, is clearly knowledgeable and is an asset to the hospital.”
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“It was a pleasure to be there, the premises are excellent and the professionalism and care that was extended to me were equally excellent. I can’t fault any part of the process whatsoever and am pleased that the procedure seems to have been successful.”
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