About Basal Cell Carcinoma
When the basal cells in your epidermis mutate, they can form a very common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Reuel Aspacio, is well equipped to evaluate your skin for the presence of a malignancy in a mole, bump, open sore, growth, or scar. BCC typically occurs on tanning bed and/or sun-exposed areas and can present as a lesion that fails to go away or heal. Even though the face (nose), head, neck, and back of the hands are the "hot spots" for BCC, you can develop it anywhere on your body. It is a slow-growing cancer, but BCC can destructively grow wide and deep into the epidermis. The number of basal cell carcinoma patients grows by the millions each year. At Summerlin Dermatology, our dermatologist, Dr. Aspacio, is well equipped to handle the thorough treatment of your BCC and is willing to work with your medical team for the best overall treatment of your skin.
Basal Cell Carcinoma Reviews
"I’m new to the area & needed a skin cancer screen so I booked an appointment at Summerlin Dermatology based on the positive reviews I had read. I’m very pleased with the quality of service and care. Highly recommend!"- P.P. / Yelp / Oct 13, 2020
"Really nice clinic and the Doctor and Staff are well organized and very professional. I can definitely recommend Summerlin Dermatology for skin cancer screenings and treatment. The Doctor called me several days after my appointment to follow up with my lab results and see how I was doing."- E.W. / Yelp / Oct 08, 2020
"The staff was so welcoming, I am traveling through Las Vegas I had a sore that was not healing and went to urgent care. That doctor said it was a possible skin cancer situation. Other offices in the area were two to three weeks out. The receptionist talked to the office manager and squeezed me in the next morning. When I met Dr. Aspacio I told him we were hoping to be out of the area by Saturday, he immediately took care of the problem and sent it out for a biopsy. The entire staff was friendly, efficient, caring, and professional. I highly recommend the office for any of your dermatology needs."- L.T. / Yelp / Jun 17, 2021
"I went in to see Alice Dreyfus for my skin cancer screening. Alice made me feel very comfortable and thoroughly checked my moles. I’ve had this screening done before with other dermatology offices and it has never been as thorough. I have a full sleeve and Alice made sure to check that arm where as other physicians have skipped it. Thanks again Alice and I’ll be back for any other skin concerns I may have."- S.M. / Yelp / Oct 27, 2021
"My family and I have been patients at Summerlin Dermatology for almost 2 decades and I highly recommend them. Dr. Aspacio and his staff have treated us for everything from teenage skin conditions to skin cancer and our care has always been excellent. We now see Alice who is the Nurse Practitioner for our routine skin checks and she is awesome. Alice always take the time to thoroughly explain every detail of our exams and any treatment or procedures she recommends. We have ultimate confidence in her. The rest of the staff members are courteous and professional. Waiting time is minimal and we generally get the appointment times we want. If you’re looking for a dermatologist I highly recommend Summerlin Dermatology."- L.D. / Yelp / Feb 23, 2022
The sun's damaging rays are the main culprit in the development of basal cell carcinomas. Anyone and any area of the skin can be at risk, but those with fair skin, blonde/red hair colors, and blue/green/grey eyes who are regularly exposed to the sun tend to have more issues. You may also be more susceptible to BCC if you have the following:
- A genetic predisposition or condition that aids in skin cancer growths
- A suppressed immune system
- Open sores or lesions that will not heal
- Skin on the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back that is regularly exposed to the sun without protection
- A current skin complication from injury, radiation, excessive scarring, and more
The common mistake many patients make is thinking the BCC is something else, like a noncancerous dermatological issue (i.e., a pimple or a difficult patch of eczema or psoriasis). This is why seeing a dermatologist is very effective in diagnosing it without delay. Once you start to see the area start to morph on your skin and doesn’t heal within 2 – 4 weeks, you should get it checked out. While BCC rarely causes an aggressive malignancy, they still need to be removed from the skin as soon as possible for the best prognosis. The larger the area grows, the deeper the disfigurement will be in your skin (not to mention that there could be nerve and muscle damage as well).
The treatment for a basal cell carcinoma is based on the type of the malignancy, size, position on the body, and the degree of involvement needed for removal. When you are diagnosed earlier in the developing stages of the BCC growth, it has a much higher chance of being curable. After confirming a diagnosis, Dr. Aspacio will present the proper therapies for your condition. A simple excision, cryotherapy, electrodesiccation, curettage, and chemotherapeutic medication are all available at Summerlin Dermatology. Your care is very important to us, and if we need to work with the various specialists you require to remedy this cancer, Dr. Aspacio would be happy to provide you with wrap-around care with the other doctors. We will talk about your procedure choices in depth at your treatment planning appointment.
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We want to set you up for success at Summerlin Dermatology. When you face a cancer diagnosis, you need a team of medical professionals that are dedicated to your well-being and have the knowledge and experience to back you up. Dr. Aspacio is a compassionate dermatologist who has spent most of his career helping patients prevent skin cancer and remove aggressive malignancies. He is a wonderful doctor to have on your medical team. Call and schedule your skin cancer screening for BCC today.