October 22, 2017

7 facts you may not know about Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Bethenny Frankel, the reality television star of Real Housewives of NYC and the creator of the SkinnyGirl cocktail/spirits brand, recently shared her diagnosis of Basal Cell Carcinoma skin cancer.

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Bethenny Frankel undergoes skin cancer removal surgery

She was asked by a follower on Instagram why she had a bandage on her face, and she explained that she had recently had a biopsy performed on a suspicious skin lesion. Her biopsy results confirmed skin cancer.

Read on to learn about THE MOST COMMON cancer in the United States and what you can do to protect yourself and prevent skin cancer…

 

At REN, we are board-certified Dermatologists who have advanced specialty training in diagnosing and treating skin cancers.

1)  Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer.  Over 3 million people are diagnosed each year in the United States.

2)  Basal Cell Carcinomas almost always occur on sun exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back.  The greatest contributing factor to developing a BCC is long-term exposure to the sun and sunburns.

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Pink shiny bump at upper back

3)  People with fair skin, blonde or red hair and blue, green or grey eyes are at higher risk for developing Basal cell carcinoma. Also, men tend to be more affected than women.

4)  People who have already had a BCC are at higher risk for developing another BCC in the future.  For this reason, it is recommended that you have a full skin exam at least once a year if you have had a skin cancer in the past.

Red scaly irregular patch at upper chest

5)  Basal Cell Carcinomas rarely grow deeper than the dermis layer of the skin and rarely ever metastasize.

However, if left untreated for long enough, they can invade deeper and surrounding levels of tissue and can cause damage and disfigurement.

6) Common presentations of Basal Cell Carcinomas include: pink shiny bumps, red scaly irregular patches, eroded non-healing scabs.

7) Some well-known celebrities who have had a Basal Cell Carcinoma include: Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton, Anderson Cooper, William H. Macy, Bethenny Frankel, Bill Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner, Melanie Griffith.

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Pink shiny bump at hairline of forehead/scalp

** If you have a spot on your skin that looks different from your typical moles or freckles, looks new and doesn’t heal, is red and scaly, or spontaneously bleeds- please call our office to schedule an evaluation and possible biopsy. Basal Cell Carcinomas are highly curable if caught early.

Click here to learn more about skin cancers. Click here to learn what happens after a biopsy.

 

Call our office to schedule a skin cancer screening: (615) 835.3220.

We are based in Franklin and Brentwood, Tennessee and treat patients from the entire greater Nashville area including: Belle Meade, Green Hills, Nolensville, Spring Hill, Thompson Station, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Cool Springs.

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