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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Maneesha Nandimandalam, M.B.B.S.[2] Saarah T. Alkhairy, M.D.

Overview

The history and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma include skin growths on sun-exposed skin, mainly in the form of patches that are shiny, pearly bumps, raised edges with central ulceration. They are fragile and may bleed easily.

Basal Cell Carcinoma History and Symptoms

  • Basal cell carcinoma usually is asymptomatic[1].
  • People usually present with lesions on sun-exposed areas of skin mainly face, neck, and head.
  • They can have variable appearances which can be listed below:
    • Flat, firm, pale/yellow areas
    • Raised reddish patches that may be itchy
    • Small, pink/red patches, translucent, shiny, pearly bumps, which might have blue, brown, or black areas
    • Pink growths with raised edges and a lower area in their center
    • Open sores that don’t heal, or that heal and reappear

References

  1. Wong CS, Strange RC, Lear JT (October 2003). "Basal cell carcinoma". BMJ. 327 (7418): 794–8. doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7418.794. PMC 214105. PMID 14525881.

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