Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
Medical Author: Ali R. Lashgari, MD
Medical Editors: Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD and William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer and has a predilection for sun-exposed skin. Tumors may appear as a pearly or waxy bumps usually with visible blood vessels (nodular BCC), or as a flat scaly reddish patch (superficial BCC) with a brown border, or as a hard or scar-like lesion (sclerosing BCC). Frequently BCCs can be itchy, often bleed, or in more advanced cases, ulcerate.