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How is basal cell carcinoma diagnosed?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Basal cell carcinoma is diagnosed through a biopsy. The dermatologist removes an area of the skin that he or she determines looks suspicious. Some basal cell carcinomas bleed, others present as rough patches on the skin. If you have a rough dry patch or a spot that bleeds, heals, and later bleeds again you need to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. Basal cells rarely metastasize but if you let them go untreated they can grow large and removal can cause scarring. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer worldwide.

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