Basal or squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. It begins in the basal cells- a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin as old ones die off. With early detection and treatment, almost all basal cell carcinoma(s) can be successfully removed without any complications. You just have to be proactive and if you see any change or unusual skin growths, consult with your dermatologist.
Here are some of the tips for people with facial skin cancer need to know before they seek care:
1. Identify the type of skin cancer you are diagnosed with
The majority of people are diagnosed with two types of skin cancer- either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cells grow quite slowly, which means you have enough time to visit the doctor. But, if you are diagnosed with squamous cells, then you must consult your dermatologist as soon as possible, as these cancerous cells grow very rapidly.
2. Take a second option on pathology
Sometimes there are some instances occurred when the cancer cells look unusual or the pathology is inconclusive for some other reason. In such a situation, it is better to take a second opinion from your pathology to get a clear picture.
3. Consult with a fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon
I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but when it comes to skincare treatment, you are better off beginning your care with a board-certified dermatologist, rather than go right to a plastic surgeon.
4. Ask about your skincare treatment options
Amongst the most common treatments for a basal or squamous cell is surgery. This process involves removing cancer in thin layers. This approach helps protect surrounding healthy tissue and has a very high cure rate.
5. Seek end-to-end care if your skin cancer is complicated to treat
Difficult-to-treat skin cancer may require the expertise of multiple specialists. It is imperative to involve highly skilled Plastic surgeons when cosmetic challenges are significant. To treat complicated basal or squamous cell cancer you may require an oculoplastic surgeon, especially if you have a complex skin cancer close to the eye.
These are some of the important factors to keep into consideration if you are suffering from this type of skin cancer. It is advised you to examine your skin often for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps, and birthmarks.