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BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
A type of skin cancer that arises from the basal cells, small round cells found in the lower levels (or base) of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in humans. Over one million new cases of basal cell carcinoma are estimated in Americans in 2016. This carcinoma develops in the basal (lower level) cell layer of the skin's epidermis and can, if neglected, be very destructive and locally disfiguring. It rarely metastasizes (does not spread beyond the skin).
Because basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads, a biopsy often is the only test needed to determine the stage. In patients where the growth is very large or has been present for a long time, the doctor will carefully check the lymph nodes in the area. In addition, the patient may need to have additional tests, such as special x-rays, to find out whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Knowing the stage of a skin cancer helps the doctor plan the best treatment.
NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® is a public-private effort in healthcare services related to educating Nebraskans about proper skin care as well as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions, including skin cancers. If you undergo a skin biopsy, the skin specimen may be sent to NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® for processing, evaluation, diagnosis, and inclusion in its database.
If you undergo a skin biopsy, the skin specimen may be sent to NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® and its affiliate, Pathology Services, P.C. for processing, evaluation, diagnosis, and inclusion in its database. Having your skin biopsy specimen(s) sent to Pathology Services, PC. is not required to avail yourself of the resources of NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ®. If your healthcare provider sends your skin biopsy specimen elsewhere, NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® would appreciate a copy of your pathology report to include its diagnosis in its Nebraska cancer registry. Ongoing national research furthers our efforts to continually improve skin disease diagnosis and treatment for Nebraskans.
NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® is a service mark of Pathology Services, P.C.
Byron L. Barksdale, M.D.
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