Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma, or basal cell cancer (BCC), is the most common type of skin cancer in the Netherlands. Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs on the face, head, or neck, but could technically develop anywhere on the body. Sunlight, x-rays, or a hereditary predisposition can play a role in its development. Basal cell carcinoma is more commonly found in men and women over the age of 40 and tends to develop slowly.

Find out more about the symptoms and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for basal cell carcinoma on this page.

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Causes and symptoms

Basal cell cancer usually does not cause any symptoms. Some patients experience itchy or sensitive skin. There are various types of basal cell carcinoma. Most patients discover a smooth, glassy lump, sometimes with small blood vessels. Other patients discover a brown lump. Eventually, this lump will open up and start to bleed, causing a small ulcer. Basal cell carcinoma can look like eczema. Some lumps may be itchy or sensitive, others are not.

Diagnosis

The following tests may be done to confirm or rule out basal cell carcinoma:

Treatment options

Your exact treatment options will depend on the tumor type and stage. Your overall health and shape will also affect your options. We will inform you about the process beforehand, and you will have plenty of time to ask questions. Your treatment will most likely consist of one or more of the following options: