basal cell carcinomaBasal Cell Carcinoma: Early Detection Saves Lives

Basal Cell Carcinoma is one condition that can be revealed in an annual dermatological exam. Regularly checking your skin for lesions, growths, or abnormalities of any kind is vitally important. Skin cancer if detected early, can be cured. Basal cell carcinoma, BCC, the most common type of skin cancer, is caused by overexposure to the sun or use of tanning beds. Frequent exposure to the intense sun causes skin cancer of all types. That’s why Shereen Timani, M.D., at Johns Creek Dermatology in Johns Creek, GA, reminds her patients to wear sunscreen even if weather conditions are cloudy.

BCC can appear anywhere on the body. It most often develops on the face, neck, and especially the nose.  It typically appears on the skin that is most often exposed to the sun. Those who use tanning beds develop BCC earlier in life.

Basal cell cancer manifests itself on the outer layer of the skin.  It begins in the deepest part of the epidermis and can become an open sore, a red patch, a pink growth, or shiny bumps.  If you have any of these, you should make an appointment for a skin check.

Although BCC rarely spreads, it should be checked and treated because it can grow and cause extensive damage to the skin, tissue, and even bone. Like all other skin cancers, it is important to diagnose BCC and treat it in its early stages.  Visually, BCC can be tricky to diagnose, so it’s important to have a professional like Dr. Timani check any areas of concern. There are warning signs of BCC that can help with early detection.

To prevent BCC, you must avoid exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen regularly.  However, once it develops, it needs to be treated. Mohs surgery is the most common and effective technique for removing skin cancer. Dr. Timani is fully certified to diagnose and surgically remove skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma using Mohs surgery.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.

North Fulton County, on the outskirts of Atlanta, GA, is lucky to have Dr. Shereen Timani at Johns Creek Dermatology.  Dr. Timani is empathetic and knowledgeable.  She is an experienced doctor who has her patients’ health and wellbeing in mind at all times.  If you have an abnormal lesion or questions about your skin, schedule an appointment immediately.  Dr. Timani’s office is conveniently located to serve Johns Creek and surrounding cities such as Norcross, Cumming, Roswell, and Milton.

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