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What are the different types of basal cell carcinoma?

Jenny C. Hu, MD
Dermatology
These are several variations of basal cell carcinomas.

Pigmented basal cell carcinomas are very dark, and more common in Asians, Hispanics and blacks.

Superficial basal cell carcinomas stay on the top layer of the skin as tumors. They may look like some sort of rash -- sometimes you may think it's eczema or a fungus. But despite treatment with different creams, it never gets better. Your doctor and dermatologist may consider it a skin cancer if it’s not responding to any treatments.

Morpheaform basal cell carcinoma is rare. It looks almost like a scar. Often, people don’t really notice it because it doesn’t look like a typical basal cell carcinoma. It’s more of a scarred area, but it can just be a tiny little spot. If you have such a spot that looks scar-like, is not going away and sometimes hurts (or perhaps it doesn’t), but you don’t recall anything that caused the scar, have it checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.

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