Approximately 2.8 million individuals are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, every year within the United States. Basal cell carcinoma is a sore or unusual skin growth or scar that develops due to UV exposure. When diagnosed early, many basal cell carcinomas are easily treated without the need for extensive treatment. Dr. Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology in Orlando, FL happily provides thorough skin screenings to catch any skin concerns early on for efficient treatment.
Signs of basal cell carcinoma include:
- Open sores that do not heal and consistently bleed or ooze
- An irritated patch of skin that may or may not itch
- Shiny nodules that may be easily confused with a mole
- Pink growths that slowly become larger and more noticeable
- An area of the skin that appears to look like a scar that is shiny and tight
Some patients may already be at a higher genetic disposition for developing skin cancer. These individuals, as well as those with many moles and skin growths, should visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a thorough skin examination. This ensures that any concerning skin developments are caught early enough for effective treatment. However, everyone should take caution in the sun to reduce UV exposure. This includes applying sunscreen regularly, reducing sun exposure during the midday hours, and avoiding tanning and sunburn.
Dr. Grayman of Orlando encourages her patients to seek assistance in diagnosing any unusual skin growths, moles, or changing scabs that are unable to heal properly. This may be a sign of basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, dysplastic nevi, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. These all require care and attention by a qualified dermatologist, and patients with any concerning skin growths or concerns should have these examined as soon as possible.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed, and has the highest recovery rate with early diagnosis. Professional skin exams can promote healthy bodies and skin.
Call Pure Skin Dermatology today if you are concerned for your skin’s health or want to learn the proper ways to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.