What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer. These growths are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas of the body, especially the face, ears, neck, and scalp, but can occur anywhere on the skin. As people age the chances of having BCC increase, thus it’s important to ensure your residents’ skin is cared for by a dermatological specialist.

Will Basal Cell Carcinoma cause my resident discomfort?

BCC generally does not cause discomfort, but may become tender or bleed. Therefore, it is important that it is diagnosed early-on to ensure that it can be treated. As the tumors grow, they can be harder to treat. Your facility’s assigned dermatological specialist can perform an on-site biopsy to detect cancerous growths. If BCC is detected, your dermatological specialist will provide your nursing staff with all necessary information to ensure proper treatment is given to the affected area(s).

Can my resident receive on-site treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma?

If BCC is diagnosed at an early stage, cryotherapy can be done on-site to remove the growth. If the cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, the area with BCC may need to be treated with MOHS surgery, Excisional surgery, or another method at our nearest location.

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