Basal cell carcinoma, like most forms of skin cancer, can be easily treated when detected early. At Alta Vista Dermatology, we offer cancer screenings and basal cell carcinoma treatments to encourage the early detection and successful treatment of skin cancer. We offer these and other skin cancer treatments to residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that affects the basal cells. The basal cells are responsible for producing new skin cells as old cells die. Basal cell carcinoma is characterized by waxy or scaly growths that appear on areas of the skin that get frequent sun exposure. These growths most commonly develop on the face and neck. Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma can be detected early with regular skin exams, and is easily treated afterwards.
How is Basal Cell Carcinoma Detected and Treated?
Basal cell carcinoma, like most skin cancers, is typically detected with cancer screenings. If you have noticed waxy or scaly growths on areas that are commonly exposed to the sun, you may want to consider scheduling a cancer screening. At Alta Vista Dermatology, we provide full body skin examinations to detect and diagnose skin cancer. Once diagnosed, we will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment. For the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, we typically recommend Mohs surgery.
What Can I Expect from Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Mohs surgery is performed using local anesthetic to ensure that the patient is entirely comfortable during the procedure. First, the cancerous growth is removed from the skin, preventing cancer from spreading. Then, a thin layer of tissue is removed to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are removed. If it appears that cancer has spread deeper in the skin, those layers will be removed one by one. This technique is used to make sure that only cancerous tissue is removed and your healthy skin remains unharmed.
What is Recovery Like After Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The Mohs surgery procedure is very precise and only removes the cancerous skin tissue, which contributes to an easy and quick recovery after treatment. Patients are typically able to resume work and other normal activities the day after their procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities may need to be avoided for as long as three weeks. If you experience any discomfort after your surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers are often all that is needed to provide relief.
Alta Vista Dermatology specializes in Mohs surgery, an advanced skin cancer treatment with high success rates. If you are seeking basal cell carcinoma treatment, contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve the residents of Denver and Highlands Ranch, CO.
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