Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, often resulting from cumulative damage from ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure that impact the basal cells of the epidermis. Fortunately, BCCs can be easily treated. Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, can diagnose and treat most BCCs directly in office with little downtime.

What are the signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma?

BCCs can vary in appearance, resembling open sores that bleed and crust, red patches that sometimes itch, or shiny bumps or nodules. A more invasive BCC may take on a scar-like appearance that is white or yellow with jagged borders.

What are my treatment options for basal cell carcinoma?

During your exam, Dr. Dolder will examine your lesion and often perform a biopsy to confirm the presence of BCC. If it is confirmed, there are a variety of treatment options, depending on the size, location, and invasiveness of the lesion.

Treatments for BCC include:

  • curettage via electrocautery needle
  • excision surgery
  • cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen
  • photodynamic therapy
  • topical chemotherapy agents
  • oral medications

For particularly difficult to manage tumors, radiation may be used. Mohs micrographic surgery may be used if the lesion is in a delicate aesthetic area, is recurrent, or larger than 2cm.  Our providers will refer you to Dr. Berliner, Greenwich Point Dermatology’s Mohs surgeon, if this particular treatment is necessary.

To schedule a skin consultation to assess any suspicious lesions, contact Greenwich Point Dermatology here, or email info@greenwichpointderm.com.