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Basal Cell Cancer - Overview

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common malignant skin tumor. It is a painless, slow-growing form of non-melanoma skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma initiates in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. Increased risk of disease is associated with light-colored skin, blue or green eyes, blond or red hair and over-exposure to UV rays, x-rays or other forms of radiation. Basal cell carcinoma almost never spreads inside the body. But, if left untreated, it may grow into surrounding areas and nearby tissues and bone. The majority of these cancers occur on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation.

Diagnosis

Basal cell carcinoma can be only slightly different than normal skin. The cancer may appear as bump or growth that is pearly or waxy, white or light pink, flesh-colored or brown. In some cases the skin may be just slightly raised or even flat. A new skin growth that bleeds easily or does not heal well may be first signs of basal cell carcinoma. Diagnosis requires a complete medical history and evaluation of the affected area of skin (size, shape, color, and texture of any suspicious areas), and often includes biopsy for examination by a pathologist.

Management

Complete removal of a basal cell cancer is the most important primary step. The rate of basal cell skin cancer locally returning is about 1-10% depending on the form of treatment. Untreated, basal cell cancer can spread to nearby tissues or structures, causing damage. This is most worrisome around the nose, eyes, and ears. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body. However, occurrence of a basal cancer can signal that you had sufficient exposure to radiation over your lifetime making it more likely to grow additional basal cell carcinomas. Monthly self-examination of your skin is a critical process to notice any suspicious skin changes. Meticulous follow-up with your doctor twice a year is highly recommended.

Treatment and Medication

A number of therapies exist for treating basal cell carcinoma. The most appropriate one depends on the type, location and severity of the tumor. The most common basal cell carcinoma treatments are surgical excision including Mohs' surgery where necessary, electrodessication and curettage, freezing, laser surgery and topical treatments such as Tazarotene (Tazorac), imiquimod (Aldara) and 5-fluorouracil. Prescription medications require careful supervision for severe skin irritation as well as systemic side effects.

Coping

Primary aspects of coping with basal cell carcinoma relate to restrictions to sun exposure (leisure time and outdoor work) as further sun exposure will increase your chance to form basal cell carcinoma elsewhere on your exposed skin. In addition, one must adjust to the change in skin from the primary cancer as well as from the scar after removal of it. Depending on the severity, an important psychological aspect may be the sense of illness (cancer). Emotional reactions include worry, fear, irritation, doubt, guilt, and anxiety. The ideal approach to the disease is to understand the causes and implement preventative behavioral measures.

Prevention

The optimal way to prevent most basal cell carcinomas is to reduce your exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. Protect your skin by wearing a hat, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants. Always use sunscreen. Apply high-quality sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB light. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply it at least every 2 hours. Use sunscreen on exposed areas all year round.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017 4:45 PM,

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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What WE DID WELL

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The Medical Assistant, Doctor and Receptionist were very helpful and fast. Best doctors appointment I've ever had!

#12017-01-23

Everything even your choice of music.

#22017-02-28

EVERYONE WAS VERY NICE AND FRIENDLY AND I ESPECIALLY LIKED EVRYONES SMILE!

#32010-12-14 11:35:36

The thorough exam that Dr. Ringpfeil gave me. The professionalism of the entire staff. Everything from the ambience to the music.

#42017-05-30

It was a very good experience in all - see you next year!

#52017-05-28

I liked the promptness of seeing the doctor, and I loved that I was given all the time that I needed to speak with her.

#62017-07-31

I ejoyed the beauty of the office-a nice place to be. I was anxious to meet the Dr.-and I found her to be great-very thouough,friendly and professional

#72016-10-13

I liked all rthe art work that was hanging up in the hallways. I also liked how friendly everyone was. It seemed as though they all wanted to be here. Some times at otjher places the people at the counter can be disrespectful. Not here. The or was very caring and explained the treatment in terms that we could understand.

#82017-06-06

We liked that Dr. Ringpfeil explained everything to us and made my daugther (almost 6 yo) feel very comfortable in the office. She was very friendly, kind and professional.

#92017-02-14

The Dr. and assistant were both very professional and efficient. Everything was done quickly and smoothly. Also, patient and friendly with my 2 1/2 yr old. Thank you.

#102017-01-06

What can we do better?

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I am completely satisfied with the current level of service and really can't think of anything that you could improve upon. This survey is a good thing.

#12010-10-13 09:38:13

smile more

#22010-09-09 10:34:11

keep on doing excellent customer service skills

#32016-11-07

NOPE; COULD NOT IMPROVE ON YOUR ARTISTRY IN HEALING ATMOSPHERE AND MEDICAL ATTENTIVENESS.

#42017-08-19

every thing was great!

#52016-10-20

Hard to say, this was a short visit and the service and treatment, as far as I can tell, were excellent

#62017-07-22

Everything was wonderful

#72017-08-18

Nothing, Thank you so much.

#82011-03-04 10:10:02

tell the Dr. to stop snowboarding and come back to skiing..;-)

#92011-12-07 10:55:46

Everything was great! No further suggestion at this time.

#102017-02-22
Customer Rating : 4.3

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