Brevard Medical Dermatology
Dermatologists located in Melbourne, FL & Titusville, FL
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and it’s also the most easily treated. With locations in Viera/Melbourne, Merritt Island, and Titusville, FL, Brevard Medical Dermatology offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options as well as important tips to keep skin healthy.
Basal Cell Carcinoma Q & A
What is basal cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, with about 4 million new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. It’s also the most easily treatable, especially when it’s diagnosed early, and it rarely spreads to other areas of the body. While sun exposure is a primary cause of basal cell carcinomas, tanning bed use can also cause these and other types of skin cancers.
What symptoms do basal cell carcinomas cause?
Most basal cell carcinomas begin as small, “pearly” or flesh-colored lumps or growths, developing into reddish or brownish bumps that sometimes become scaly or weep. Less often, they can appear as flat patches of reddish or brownish rough skin or hard skin growths. Most basal cell carcinomas bleed easily when scratched or rubbed. Basal cell carcinomas can occur anywhere on the body, but they’re more common in areas that have had significant sun exposure over the years, especially the nose and other areas of the face and scalp. People with fair skin are far more likely to develop basal cell carcinomas, especially as they get older.
How is a basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?
Diagnosis begins with a careful evaluation of the bump, growth or abnormal patch. A biopsy will usually be taken to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other possible conditions including other cancers.
What treatment options are available?
Several options are available for treatment of basal cell carcinomas, depending on the size and location of the tumor and other factors. Treatment methods include:
- oral medications or topical creams
- surgical removal of the growth by excising or cutting it out
- curettage and desiccation, which uses special instruments to scrape away the growth and destroy cancer cells with electricity
- cryosurgery to destroy the carcinoma by “freezing” it with liquid nitrogen
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At Brevard Medical Dermatology, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Our experienced billing staff and hi-tech software will settle your account correctly the first time to avoid bills and over-payment.
Words from our patients
"They're great! I highly recommend them. Dr. Spicer and Anna are excellent! The staff is really nice as well."
"Wonderful office everyone was so nice! Also helped that they work with self pay patients!"
"The staff is friendly and cheerful! I would recommend this practice to anyone looking for excellent dermatological care!"
"My 5 month old daughter's skin has cleared up and she is much happier! Thanks Anna & staff!"