Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a skin lesion that may appear anywhere on the human body, more often though on the face, the upper and lower limbs and the back. It is a skin cancer found usually on the elderly, although younger people may develop it as well. Extended sun exposure, various genetic factors and multiple other causes are predisposition in developing this type of skin cancer.

Surgical excision is done under local anaesthetic on an outpatient basis and the lesion is sent for pathology examination. In case the cancer is extended and the excision of skin and subcutaneous tissue required is large, the plastic surgeon may use a variety of surgical flaps, cleverly designed on the nearby healthy areas, to achieve closure of the problematic skin region.

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