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Types of Basal Cell Carcinoma


Dr. Mayzik
There are several types of basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, each with distinct characteristics. Dr. Patel, can you tell us about the different types of BCC?

Dr. Patel
Certainly, Dr. Mayzik. Nodular basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of BCC. Generally, it looks like a smooth, round pimple and may be pale yellow or gray in color. With the slightest bump or injury, it may bleed.

Pigmented basal cell carcinoma can be similar to nodular basal cell carcinoma, but appears more often in people with dark eyes and hair. The nodules are brown or black and can be mistaken for melanoma.

Superficial basal cell carcinomas are quite common. This form tends to look like a small patch of eczema that doesn’t itch and never goes away. These lesions usually develop on the trunk, but can also grow on the neck and face.

Sclerosing, or morpheaform, basal cell carcinoma is another, less common type of BCC. It may look like a scar and be white or yellow in color. It usually grows quickly and can be almost an inch in length within a few months.

Two rare forms of BCC are fibroepithelioma and cystic basal cell carcinoma. Fibroepithelioma consists of reddish lesions that appear on a person’s back. Cystic basal cell carcinoma is a variant of nodular basal cell carcinoma that’s filled with a gelatin-like fluid