Basal Cell Carcinoma

Do you have a pimple that just wont heal?  A shiny pinkish patch that wont go away?

High Valley Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Sewell and Dr. Miner are fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeons, and thus are fellows of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), founded by Dr. Fred Mohs.

Their full year of fellowship training centered on the precise removal of many different skin cancers, and the aesthetic reconstruction of the surgical defects after their removal. For the most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, this technique offers cure rates of 98% and higher.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and usually occurs in places that have been over exposed to the sun.   The most common place is the face but can be found anywhere on the body.

Watch for:

  • open sore similar to a pimple
  • red patch
  • pink hard growth
  • “pearly” bump

Prognosis for BCC is excellent when caught early.  Treatment typically cures BCCs.  Only in rare cases can Basal Cell Cancers spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.  A biopsy and examination of the lesion under a microscope is necessary for diagnosis.  The best treatment option for you is determined by the location, size and depth of the basal cell carcinoma and your overall health.

Risk Factors:

  • Fair or freckled skin
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue, green, or gray hair
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Weakened immune system
  • History of tanning bed use
  • Received radiation therapy

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Call High Valley Dermatology to schedule an appointment 208-525-4888.

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