There is no such thing as routine basal cell carcinoma. Every patient’s basal cell carcinoma is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each person’s specific cancer.

At the OSUCCC – James, our basal cell carcinoma specialists reach across medical disciplines (oncologists, dermatologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.

And by receiving access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.

Facts About Basal Cell Carcinoma

The skin has several layers. The main two layers are the epidermis and dermis. The dermis is the inner layer of skin, and the epidermis is the outer layer.

Nonmelanoma skin cancers are the most frequently occurring cancer in the United States. Cancer registries do not have to report these cancers, but as many as 2 million people may be treated each year for nonmelanoma skin cancers, which is more than all other types of cancer combined. Basal cell carcinoma is seldom life-threatening.

Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs in areas of the skin exposed to sun, and the most frequent site of the cancer is the face.


Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

Most basal cell carcinomas cause no symptoms other than a slightly raised area of skin that is shiny and looks like a pearl. A subtype of basal cell carcinoma looks like a firm scar.

As a nonmelanoma skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma often appears as a change in the skin.

Not all changes in the skin are a sign of nonmelanoma skin cancer or actinic keratosis. Check with your doctor if you notice any changes in your skin.

Possible signs of nonmelanoma skin cancer include the following:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • Areas of the skin that are:
    • Raised, smooth, shiny and look pearly
    • Firm and look like a scar and may be white, yellow or waxy
    • Raised and red or reddish-brown
    • Scaly, bleeding or crusty

Other conditions may cause the same symptoms as basal cell carcinoma. Check with your doctor if you have any of these problems.

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have basal cell carcinoma. But if you have symptoms, you should tell your doctor, especially if symptoms have continued for longer than a few weeks.

If you have received a basal cell carcinoma diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a basal cell carcinoma specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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