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How can basal cell carcinoma be identified?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

The classic basal cell carcinoma appears as a pearly pink bump, like a pimple that doesn't go away. It's slightly elevated and smooth. But sometimes BCC can show up as a smooth, flat white-pink scar (these are more aggressive) or a brown patch that resembles a freckle. BCC can be a dry, crusty spot, or it can be ulcerated and tend to bleed. Most are located on the face and neck - sun-exposed areas.

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