Definitions for "Basal Cell Carcinoma"
epithelial tumor of the skin that is the most common malignant tumor in humans ; associated with hyperkeratosis and overexposure to sunlight and unusual inherited syndromes.
A non-metastatic cancer derived from the basal cells of the epithelium.
The most common form of skin cancer in America with well over 1 million cases diagnosed each year. Basal cell carcinoma appears to be directly related to exposure to UV and develops in the lower level basal cells of the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). It often appears as no more than a tiny pinprick or shiny bump on the top of the head, nose, face, neck or chest that bleeds and crusts over. Basal cell carcinoma seldom spreads to other parts of the body but can be disfiguring if not treated early. Treatment is most typically a small surgical procedure performed with local anesthetic.
Characterized by light or pearly nodules and visible blood vessels.