Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, usually developing on parts of the body that receive extensive sun exposure, such as the neck and face. All areas of the body, however, are susceptible to the cancer, even those with limited or no exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Wherever the cancer cells originate, they rarely spread (metastasize), but they still can invade healthy tissue surrounding the cancer and damage or disfigure the skin, usually on the nose or an ear. Basal cell carcinomas take months or years to develop. When they do appear on the skin's surface, the cancers often appear as waxy or shiny dome-shaped bumps and may look similar to other non-cancerous moles.

Why UAB

UAB Medicine Dermatology is one of the top such programs in the nation for the management of complicated skin disorders. In fact, it is one of only six Skin Diseases Research Centers in the United States as designated and funded by the National Institutes of Health. This interdisciplinary center of excellence in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology is a rare resource in the Southeast. As part of the UAB Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, we manage thousands of skin cancer cases each year, treating melanoma, high-risk basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and other rare skin tumors.

UAB Medicine provides the most advanced services and facilities for the care of skin cancer. Our dermatopathologists offer specialized care in both dermatology and pathology, diagnosing a variety of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. We offer Mohs Micrographic Surgery, which minimizes unsightly treatment damage by targeting only the abnormal tissue of a skin lesion. In addition, our dermatological research program is one of the nation’s largest and most reputable, and it allows many patients to participate in clinical trials and receive treatments not available at most other medical centers.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a four-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. The center is home to an outstanding faculty of more than 350 physicians and researchers, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized for their oncology expertise.

From bench to bedside, the UAB Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and researchers have pioneered advances in chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and nutrition. With its multidisciplinary teams and state-of-the-art technology, the center provides ongoing care to more than 20,000 cancer patients each year.

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Related Treatments

Depending on your case and your physician’s assessment, your condition may be treated using one or more various procedures. Some of those procedures are listed below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.

Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of basal cell carcinoma. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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