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How do you diagnose basal cell carcinoma?

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Your doctor will look at your skin for growths. He or she may also ask you questions such as:

  • Did you spend a lot of time in the sun while you were growing up?
  • Have you had blistering sunburns?
  • Do you use sunscreen?
  • Have you ever used tanning beds?
  • Have you had unusual bleeding spots on your skin that don't heal?

From: Basal Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell."

National Cancer Institute: ''Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.''

Medscape: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Basal Cell Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "How does UV cause skin cancer."

Harvard Health Letter: "Recognizing and treating basal cell carcinoma."

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Step by Step Self-Examination."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 2, 2018

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