BCC is the most common type of skin cancer. Their growth tends to be quite slow, taking a period of months to years, and only rarely do these cancers spread throughout the body.
BCCs most commonly appear on the face, head, neck and trunk regions and can occur in difficult to treat areas such as near the eye and the lower legs. In most cases they are curable and one can achieve excellent cosmetic results.
Although they are rarely a threat to life, if left untreated they can grow, erode and destroy adjoining structures. Loss of whole organs, such as the nose, ear and eye, can occasionally occur. BCCs are more easily and successfully treated in their early stages. The larger a tumour the more extensive the treatment required.
For certain superficial BCCs, non-surgical treatment, particularly Photodynamic therapy (PDT), allows for better healing with minimal scarring. For more aggressive BCCs, management by our specialist surgically trained dermatologists is the best option.
Other treatment options, depending on the subtype of BCC include:
curette and cautery
Your dermatologist will discuss with you the best therapeutic option for your individual type and location of BCC.