Basal Cell Carcinoma in Charlotte, NC
Darst Dermatology offers personalized basal cell carcinoma treatment in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities.
What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
A skin cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, but rest assured that Dr. Darst has the experience and tools to help you heal. Dr. Darst can identify and treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer in adults. However, this cancer can occur in people of any age. Basal cell carcinoma is different from melanoma as it does not usually spread to other parts of your body – it remains localized to the area where it developed. Even so, Dr. Darst will take action to eliminate the cancerous growth.
Most basal cell carcinomas appear on your face, neck, or hands. These spots can be extremely small and might be slightly raised above your skin’s surface. Generally, basal cell carcinomas are pale in color and might have a “waxy” or “peachy” appearance.
How Is It Treated?
Dr. Darst will examine any suspicious growths on your skin. If one appears suspect, he will take a biopsy to determine if it’s malignant or benign. A biopsy is simple – it involves removing a small portion of the growth so it can be examined in a laboratory. If basal cell carcinoma is discovered, Dr. Darst will remove the growth. A basal cell carcinoma may be removed by surgical excision or by scraping and cauterization. Very superficial lesions may be treated by topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or Imiquinod.
Can Basal Cell Carcinoma Be Prevented?
Yes, basal cell carcinoma is usually preventable. Sun exposure plays a key role in the development of basal cell carcinoma. You should wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outdoors and avoid using tanning beds.
Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers expert basal cell carcinoma treatment to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.