Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
Despite years of research, cancer remains the most petrifying of enemies with very few exceptions. Dr. Sam Speron clarifies the facts about basal cell carcinoma and how it can be avoided and treated.
Well-known star Hugh Jackman recently publicized his treatment for basal cell carcinoma and cautions everyone to get checked out.
"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy was she right! I had a basal cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!" Jackman posted on Instagram.
Basal cell carcinoma or BCC are abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells which lines the deepest layer of the epidermis or the outermost layer of the skin.
BCC is one of the most common types of skin cancer, affecting over 1 million Americans each year. This type of cancer has a 95% cure rate, but is also life threatening if left untreated.
The diagnosis for basal cell carcinoma may sometimes be clear from its appearance. If further investigation is necessary, a small area of the abnormal skin lesion may be cut out and examined, this is called a biopsy.
“Unlike other cancers, basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body and remains restricted to the site of origin. However, it is a malignant cancer and can still destroy and invade surrounding tissues,” says Dr. Sam Speron, board certified skin care plastic surgeon and consumer advocate. “If basal cell carcinoma is treated in an appropriate and timely manner, full recovery and a cure is very likely.”
Individuals who are at high risk will include those with red or light hair, light-colored skin and eyes or have moles or freckles. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer, early-life sunburns, experience high exposure to the sun and repeatedly use tanning beds are also in high risk.
The most common cause for skin cancer is too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds. Basal cell carcinomas can occur anywhere in the human body. However, the most common areas would be the head, face, neck and ears. It is also likely for basal cell carcinoma to develop where scars and burns have damaged the skin.
Dr. Speron is the founder and medical director of Dr. Speron Plastic Surgery. He is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).
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