Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Like other forms of skin cancer, it often appears on the most sun exposed parts of the body, such as the face, scalp, hands, arms and neck. However, it can also form on other parts of the body.

Skin cancer can look very different from person to person, even the same type. So it’s important to have a dermatologist check your skin if you notice growth, changing shape, bleeding or itching on your skin for more than two weeks.

  • This type of skin cancer often grows slowly. See a dermatologist if you notice a:Reddish patch of dry skin that won’t heal
  • Flesh-colored (or pink, red or brown) pearl-shaped lump
  • Pimple that just won’t clear
  • Sore that bleeds, heals, and then returns
  • Scar that feels waxy, or may be skin-colored, white, or yellow
  • Group of slow-growing, shiny pink or red growths, or like sores, often scaly and bleeds easily
  • Flat or sunken growth. It may feel hard, may be white or yellow

For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at