There are many different looks to basal cell cancers; sometimes they may just look like regular moles on the skin. They don’t have clear-cut identifying markers, like, for instance a melanoma. Unlike this deadly form of skin cancer (melanoma), basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to other parts of the body. The most common area for this type of skin cancer to surface is the face, ears, even the scalp. They also can appear on the upper part of the back and chest. Sometimes the spots can bleed, and as you will read, left untreated basal cell carcinomas can become disfiguring.
I will be posting a few client's stories of basal cell cancers and their removal under the category skin cancer, so be sure to check back for those upcoming posts. Hopefully some of you will read these stories and decide that you need to go have an unusual spot or mole looked at by your dermatologist. Don’t have a skin doctor? Click on American Academy of Dermatology to get some ideas on finding one in your area.
Even without reading any stories, I hope you understand the importance of getting funny-looking moles or places on your face (or anywhere) you have questions about checked by your dermatologist. The key is to listen to your intuition and don’t be reluctant to get things checked out. Remember: Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, get your moles checked today!