What are the early signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?
Signs of basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell cancers may be smooth, waxy, itchy, pearly shaped firm, red lumps that may bleed sometimes or develop a scab, crust, or painless ulcer. It begins to heal but never heals completely.
What does basal cell carcinoma (BCC) look like?
What is the appearance of basal cell carcinoma?
BCCs may look like a sore that:
- Looks like a crater
- Doesn’t heal
- Returns after healing
- Bleeds easily
- Oozes or crusts over
- Have visible blood vessels in or around it
Have Basal cell carcinoma different forms and shapes?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) shows up on the skin in different forms as there are variant types of this skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears in the sun-exposed areas of your body. Basal cell carcinoma growths develop very slowly and can be treated easily. It rarely spreads to other organs or invades muscle, bone, or nerves.
Describe the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma BCC in detail?
Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma
(1) An open sore that does not heal:
Sore that may bleed, ooze or crust and doesn’t heal after seven to 10 days. The sore might appear to heal and then come back again
(2) Shiny pink or red, slightly scaly patch, especially on the trunk:
This type of scaly patch grows slowly and may be mistaken for a patch of eczema.
(3) Dome-shaped skin growth with visible blood vessels:
Dome-shaped flecks of often pink or skin-colored. It can also be of brown or black colors. It grows slowly and tends to bleed easily. This BCC may flatten in the center, ooze, and crust over.
(4) A scar-like area:
The skin appears shiny and taut with a scar-like area that is flat white, yellow, or waxy in color often with poorly defined borders. These warning signs may indicate an invasive BCC.
(5) A small pink growth:
Pink slightly raised growths with an elevated border, rolled edge, and an indented center that may develop tiny surface blood vessels over time.
(6) A shiny bump or nodule:
Shiny bump that is pear-shaped clear pink, red, or white if you have light skin. It can look tan, black, or brown, especially in dark-skinned people, and can be mistaken for a normal mole.
(7) A reddish patch or irritated area:
Red patches on the face, chest, shoulder, arm, or leg that may itch, hurt, crust, bleed or cause no discomfort.
Different Forms & Shapes of Basal cell carcinoma
Describe the different forms and shapes of basal cell carcinomas?
Basal cell carcinoma develops in basal skin cells which are present at the bottom of the epidermis, the outer layer of your skin. Basal cell carcinoma has several different types and appearances depending upon the type of skin cancer.
The nodular basal cell carcinoma begins as small, shiny, firm, clear, pink raised growth. The border may be thickened and pearly white sometimes. It may also bleed and form a scab and heal. This condition may make you falsely think that it is a sore rather than cancer. Visible dilated blood vessels may appear on the surface.
Note: The image used as the Featured image namely, “Noduloulcerative, pigmented BCC”, is a derivative of “Noduloulcerative, pigmented BCC in an elderly female” originally published in an article with the title “A Study of Basal Cell Carcinoma in South Asians for Risk Factor and Clinicopathological Characterization: A Hospital Based Study” by Sumir Kumar and others. The images are used under CC BY. “Noduloulcerative pigmented BCC” is licensed under CC BY by King.
The morphea form type appears as thicker flesh-colored or light red patches that look like scars. The superficial basal cell carcinoma appears as flat thin red or pink patches. Other types of basal cell carcinomas (BCC) vary greatly in appearance.