BCC/Basal Cell Carcinoma


  • Flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to a scar
  • Raised reddish patches that might be itchy
  • Small, pink or red, translucent, shiny, pearly bumps, which might have blue, brown, or black areas
  • Pink growths with raised edges and a lower area in their center, which might contain abnormal blood vessels spreading out like the spokes of a tire
  • Open sores (which may have oozing or crusted areas) that don’t heal, or that heal and then come back
Basal Cell Carcinoma Image
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  • Biopsy under local anaesthetic
  • Excision of the area and an amount of normal skin, to reduce the chance it might come back, under local or general anaesthetic (depending on size)
  • Reconstruction with a skin graft or local tissue that is moved into the area of the excision
  • A lymph node biopsy if required by the laboratory analysis of your cancer

After Care

  • Leave all the dressings intact until the stitches are removed by your GP
  • Do not shower for 48 hours
  • No exercise or heavy housework for 48 hours as this will cause bleeding
  • Take simple over the counter pain relief like Paracetamol or Nurofen for 48 hours or more for any discomfort
  • If the tapes get wet, dry them with a hair dryer
Different types of Sutures and Stitches Diagram