Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer. Although a BCC carries the smallest risk to your health, it can be quite destructive in the area in which it grows. Early detection and treatment is very important when treating a BCC.

The growth of Basal Cell Carcinoma can be slow – sometimes over years.  People will commonly notice a BCC growth over a period of months.

There are several different types of BCC that will lead to differing appearances and require varying management by your doctor. BCCs may appear as red ‘sore-looking’ spots that bleed easily. They can also appear as ‘pearly’ raised spots of which some may have pigment to them and some may not. Sometimes a BCC can simply appear as a paler patch of skin. Occasionally they may cause an itch, but most often there is no sensation at all.

BCCs are strongly linked to sun exposure and the aim is to remove them while they’re still small. Superficial BCCs may not even require surgery. That’s why a skin check is vital in ensuring the best outcome.

NB: Please note there can be several variations of a Basal Cell Carcinoma. Please consult your skin cancer doctor if you have any concerns.