Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel
Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Treatment for Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Carcinoma Indianapolis & Carmel IN
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are common skin cancers seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg.
If you are interested in learning about skin cancer treatment, removal and prevention, we invite you to continue reading for information, including our frequently asked questions, about basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
The word “carcinoma” means cancer, so simply put, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are two different types of skin cancers. They are the most common skin cancers.
What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Sun exposure causes both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
What Does Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Look Like?
We find both of these skin cancers in areas of the body that get the most sun exposure.
Basal cell skin cancer usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule – most often on the head, neck and hands. Occasionally, basal cell cancers may appear on the trunk as red patches.
If left untreated, the basal cell skin cancer will begin to bleed, crust over, heal and then the cycle repeats.
Squamous cell skin cancer may appear as a bump or as a red, scaly patch. It typically is found on the rim of the ear, the face, the lips and mouth.
If let untreated, squamous cell skin cancer can develop into large masses.
How is Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Treated & Removed?
There are many treatments and procedures to remove these skin cancers. After making a diagnosis, Dr. Strausburg will discuss them with you and provide advice as to the best course of action for you.
Who Gets Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer?
Basal cell carcinomas are the most common skin cancers found in fair-skinned persons. People who have this cancer often have light-colored eyes, hair and complexions, and don’t tan easily.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer found in fair-skinned persons.
These skin cancers rarely occur in African Americans or those with darker skin tones.
Can Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Spread?
A lesion or tumor caused by basal cell carcinoma does not spread quickly and it can take many months or years for one to grow to a diameter of one-half inch. Although this type of cancer rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body), it can extend deep into the skin and/or bone to cause considerable damage.
Squamous cell carcinoma CAN metastasize (spread).
Can Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Be Cured?
Yes, with early detection, these skin cancers can be cured.
To ensure early detection, you should have a regular routine to inspect your body. If you notice any new growth, mole, sore or skin discoloration or if an existing lesion begins to change, you should immediately contact Dr. Strausburg. He will let you know if it’s best to remove the mole and send it to be evaluated for cancer.
When found early and treated properly, the cure rate by dermatologic surgery for both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma is 95 percent.
How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?
During your appointment, Dr. Strausburg will provide you with complete information, including detailed handouts, on how to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.
Two simple tips to reduce the chance of developing skin cancers include:
- Sun avoidance — this is the best defense against skin cancer. Over exposure to sunlight (including tanning both outside and in a tanning bed) is the main cause of skin cancer.
- Sun protection — a high quality sunscreen as well as protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses, should always be worn.
We do have these high quality sunscreens you can buy when you are at our office, over the phone at 317-848-0001 or in our online store by clicking here.
Keep in mind, however, use of sunscreen should always be part of a program for sun avoidance and never as an excuse for increasing sun exposure.
Do You Take Insurance For Basal & Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Yes, we do take insurance for skin cancer treatment. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.
Contact Us About Basal & Squamous Cell Carcinoma
If you have more questions and would like further information about skin cancer, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.
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