Millions of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and the most common type diagnosed is basal cell carcinoma or BCC. This type of skin cancer affects the basal cells of the skin, which are found in the deepest layer of the epidermis. If these cells experience uncontrolled lesions or growths, a BCC can develop. BCC can appear in a variety of ways, including open sores, shiny bumps, scars, pink growths, and red patches.
This type of skin cancer is closely related to ultraviolet, or UV, exposure. Oftentimes, a person with BCC has experienced a combination of mild UV exposure over a long period of time and intense UV exposure from time to time. It is rare for BCC to metastasize, or grow beyond the initial site, but it can be disfiguring. A dermatologist can diagnose BCC, offer treatment solutions, and suggest ways to help prevent skin cancer in the future.
The dermatology team at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology is here to help you understand and address skin problems, including basal cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer. To schedule an appointment at our Salt Lake City office, please call 801-266-8841.