Basal cell carcinoma is not only the most common type of skin cancer worldwide but also the most frequently diagnosed of all cancers. When identified early and appropriately treated, basal cell carcinoma is usually slow-growing and manageable, causing minimal harm to your body. We offer comprehensive diagnostic and care services at Feinstein Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL, providing robust clinical support to keep basal cell carcinoma in check.

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What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

This skin cancer stems from the abnormal growth of basal cells, manifesting as open sores, red patches, or slightly elevated skin growths. Basal cell carcinoma looks different from person to person, and it is essential to conduct regular skin examinations to detect cancer as early as possible.

What Are Basal Cells?

Basal cells, a key component of the skin’s top layer, naturally shed as new cells develop. However, when overexposed to UV rays, often due to sunlight, tanning beds, or tanning lights, these cells can become damaged or inflamed, leading to basal cell carcinoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment

Our board-certified skin cancer specialists diagnose basal cell carcinoma and offer various treatment options. Depending on the case, topical medications or laser therapy may be effective. In many instances, a surgical excision or Mohs surgery, both performed with local anesthesia for your comfort and safety, proves to be the most efficient way to eliminate the cancer.

Tips for Managing Basal Cell Carcinoma

To lower your risk of basal cell carcinoma, adopt consistent sun protection practices throughout the year, not just in summer. Regular skin assessments, conducted by professionals and through self-evaluations, contribute significantly to early detection.

Basal Cell Carcinoma FAQs

Understanding the varied appearances of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is crucial for early detection and timely intervention. Here are key characteristics to help you recognize this common type of skin cancer:

  • Appearance: BCC looks like a flesh-colored bump or pinkish patch.
  • Texture: Can be shiny, translucent, or scar-like.
  • Variety: Pearly, waxy, flat, or brown lesions possible.
  • Location: Common on sun-exposed areas (face, ears, neck, scalp).
  • Signs: May bleed, ooze, or be a sore that won’t heal.

Diagnosing basal cell carcinoma involves a thorough examination by a dermatologist. The process includes:

  1. Clinical Evaluation: Your dermatologist will assess the skin’s appearance, looking for characteristic signs of BCC, such as flesh-colored bumps, pinkish patches, shiny translucent bumps, or scar-like lesions.
  2. Biopsy: If a suspicious lesion is identified, a biopsy is performed. This in-office procedure includes numbing the skin, removing a specimen, and applying a bandage. The extracted tissue is then sent to a lab for evaluation by a dermatopathologist.
  3. Laboratory Analysis: The biopsy specimen is analyzed under a microscope to confirm the presence of basal cell carcinoma and determine its specific characteristics.
  4. Discussion and Treatment Plan: Based on the diagnosis, your dermatologist will discuss the findings with you and recommend an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific case. Early detection and consultation with a dermatologist are crucial for effective management of basal cell carcinoma.

Preventing basal cell carcinoma involves adopting sun-safe practices and minimizing exposure to harmful UV radiation. Here are some key preventive measures:

  1. Sunscreen: Apply high SPF sunscreen regularly.
  2. Protective Clothing: Wear hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved clothing.
  3. Seek Shade: Limit sun exposure, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  4. Avoid Tanning Beds: Steer clear of artificial UV radiation.
  5. Regular Skin Checks: Monitor your skin for changes or irregularities.
  6. Professional Examinations: Schedule regular skin checks with a dermatologist.
  7. Stay Informed: Know your skin type and its susceptibility to sun damage.
  8. Avoid Sunburns: Take precautions to prevent sunburn.
  9. Environmental Caution: Be mindful in reflective environments.
  10. Quit Smoking: Consider quitting, as smoking is linked to skin cancer risk.

Adopting these precautionary measures as part of your daily routine can greatly decrease the likelihood of developing basal cell carcinoma or other forms of skin cancer. Regular monitoring of your skin and proactive sun protection are key components of a comprehensive approach to skin cancer prevention.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is generally considered the least dangerous among the various types of skin cancer. This type of cancer tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads to other areas of the body, making it highly treatable and associated with a high cure rate. While BCC is typically localized and less aggressive than other skin cancers, it still requires prompt attention and treatment.

Meet Our Board-Certified Dermatology Team

At Feinstein Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL, our commitment is patient satisfaction and loyalty. We are defining the new standard in customer experience and outcomes, striving to lead by example for others to follow. With a dedicated patient base of over thirty-five thousand (35,000) individuals who have entrusted us with their dermatological and cosmetic needs, we have earned our reputation as a leading provider in the field.

Our team comprises dedicated professionals, including board-certified dermatologists, a board-certified Mohs surgeon, and a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. We invite you to experience the exceptional care and dedication that defines Feinstein Dermatology.


Meet Your Providers


Brian Feinstein, D.O., FAAD

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Thomas Cahn, M.D., FAAD

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Lawrence Enisman, M.D., FACS

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Meredith Hancock, M.D., FAAD

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Robb Wilentz, M.D.

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Nathalie Allison-Fecteau, PA-C

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Feel Good About Your Skin

At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that your skin is more than just an organ; it reflects your well-being and confidence. Our dedicated team of board-certified dermatologists and skincare specialists is committed to guiding you on a transformative journey toward feeling fantastic in your own skin. With a personalized approach to dermatological and cosmetic care, we aspire to be your trusted partners for a lifetime of radiant, healthy skin. Take the next step towards embracing your confidence with advanced skincare solutions, cosmetic treatments, or skin cancer care in Delray Beach, FL. Schedule a consultation for basal cell carcinoma treatment today at (561) 498-4407.