Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
Basal cell carcinoma usually appears in areas of skin that are routinely exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, ears, arms, and hands. It presents as a waxy or pearly bump, a brownish-colored lesion or a sore that bleeds, scabs over and then returns. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides state-of-the-art basal cell carcinoma treatment for Atlanta-area residents at our clinic in Alpharetta.
Basal cells are part of your epidermis, or top layer of skin. They are responsible for producing new skin cells. Damage from UV radiation through sunlight exposure or tanning bed use causes these cells to mutate and produce cancerous cells. Although it is rare, basal cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body, including nearby lymph nodes, bones and lungs.
Professional Diagnosis and Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma, Other Skin Cancers
Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad are skilled and experienced dermatologists who will perform several tests to determine your particular type of skin cancer. Most commonly, this includes a skin sample and biopsy of affected tissue or lesions. Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler may sometimes remove a skin sample for testing as part of a routine skin cancer screening.
Basal cell carcinoma treatment focuses on removing the cancer cells completely to prevent their spread and regrowth. Common treatments include topical chemotherapy medication, surgical excision including Mohs surgery, and Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT).
Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler will recommend the best treatment options for your particular skin cancer type and level of severity. Contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta today to discover more about basal cell carcinoma treatment in Alpharetta.