Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma occurs forty times more commonly than squamous cell carcinoma!



Excessive sun exposure can result in painful sunburn, but can also lead to other serious health problems, including melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer.

Children are at greatest risk, since serious sunburns during {the} originally 18 years of life is believed to increase {the} risk of cancer by more than 50%.

For those with sun-sensitive skin, fair complexions, light hair, or for those who spend excessive amounts of time in {the} sun, SafeSun is for you.

The most common types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both types enlarge locally and usually do not spread (metastasize) to distant parts of {the} body. But, if it is not completely excised, it will eventually invade adjacent structures.


Pigmented Basal Cell

Since both
basal and squamous cell carcinoma are relatively slow growing, if they are detected early and treated in a prompt and appropriate manner, there is an excellent chance of removing {the} tumor completely and minimizing {the} amount of tissue affected by {the} carcinoma 

Basal cell is {the} most common eyelid malignancy and occurs most commonly on {the} lower lid, followed by medial canthus and upper eyelid



Excision of {the} tumor can be performed by a MOHS surgeon, an dermatologist, or an ophthalmic plastic surgeon




Below is a series from a patient with a basal cell carcinoma who required a tarso-conjunctival flap procedure

Pre - Operative photo of basal cell carcinoma of {the} left lower lid Intraoperative photo with large defect in left lower eyelid to completely remove cancer
Intraoperative photo with tarsoconjunctival flap Post- operative photo with after release of flap, 6 weeks later


Mohs: Mohs Surgery is a form of excisional surgery that acts as a "perpetual biopsy," a term coined by {the} author. MOHS Surgery is {the} most accurate form of skin-cancer removal and spares more normal tissue than any other method. MOHS Surgery was developed by a dermatologist, Dr. Frederick E. Mohs, at {the} University of Wisconsin in {the} early half of this century.

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