Basal Cell Carcinoma in San Diego, CA
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the U.S. With the help of dermatologist, Dr. Faryal Siddiqui, La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic is proud to offer treatments for basal cell carcinoma to men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that affects the cells that line the epidermis or outermost layer of skin. As the most common form of skin cancer in the country, basal cell carcinoma is said to be diagnosed in approximately four million cases each year. Basal cell carcinoma typically appears as tumors on the ears, scalp, face, neck, and arms. While basal cell carcinoma typically does not spread or metastasize, it may worsen and cause disfigurement if left untreated.
What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma?
When our patients think of skin cancer, they typically think of overexposure to UV light and the sun’s harmful rays. The appearance of basal cell carcinoma is no different. Patients who have light skin, light features, burn easily, spend long periods of time in the sun, and/or have a family history of skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma in the future. To learn more about how you can better prevent skin cancer, we encourage you to come in and see Dr. Siddiqui for a one-on-one consultation.
How Do I Know if I Have Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma may look drastically different on one patient versus another. Common signs of basal cell carcinoma include:
- A dark brown, blue, or black lesion that’s raised at the edges.
- A flat, scaly patch of skin that’s red in color.
- A bump on the skin that appears white or skin-colored.
If you believe you may have basal cell carcinoma, we encourage you to come in and see Dr. Siddiqui for a private consultation at your earliest convenience. She’ll be happy to evaluate your skin and develop a treatment plan for you based on your diagnosis.
How is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treated?
Because everyone’s skin is different, each basal cell carcinoma treatment will be tailored to the patient. Your basal cell carcinoma treatments may include excision of the lesion. During your private consultation, Dr. Siddiqui will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you address your basal cell carcinoma and achieve the beautiful, healthy skin you deserve.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of your basal cell carcinoma treatments will vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results. La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic accepts coverage from most insurance plans. To get a more accurate estimate of your treatment cost, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation.
Basal cell carcinoma doesn’t have to affect your life. To learn more about basal cell carcinoma treatments for men and women in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California, contact us at La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic today to schedule a consultation.