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Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma in Chicago, IL

When our dermatologist tells us that—yes—it is skin cancer, we may go entirely numb. We see all that we’ve done and all that we hope to do play out before our eyes. We may even be so distracted that we miss the name of the cancer itself. For an overwhelming majority of Americans, the name of that cancer is basal cell carcinoma. But as the most common form of skin cancer in the world, basal cell carcinoma is also widely and successfully treated.

At Skin MD in Chicago, IL, we know how shocking it can be to learn that you have skin cancer. But there is good news: of all the skin cancers out there, basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads, is easily treated, and is highly survivable. In fact, basal cell carcinoma has a relative 100% survival rate 5 years after diagnosis. That’s not to say that this skin cancer isn’t dangerous. Without treatment, it can be fatal. Learn more about basal cell carcinoma by contacting Skin MD today.

Tackle Basal Cell Carcinoma Head-On & Get Back To Living.

A diagnosis of skin cancer is never welcome news, but there is a silver lining—basal cell carcinoma is easily and effectively treated. Take care of your cancer today and get back to life.

Common Risk Factors of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Each year, nearly 3.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma—that’s roughly the entire population of Connecticut or about 25% of the population of Illinois. In other words, basal cell carcinoma is exceedingly common.

If you spot a suspicious lesion on skin that’s frequently exposed to the sun, schedule your skin cancer screening today. While common, basal cell carcinoma occurs more frequently in those with several common risk factors.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Risk Factors:

  • Sun Exposure: Ultraviolet radiation (sunlight) can damage DNA at the cellular level.
  • Fair Skin: Skin cancers occur more frequently in those of us with fair skin, though they can and do also occur in those with darker skin.
  • Age: Adults 30 years of age and older are at a higher risk for basal cell carcinoma, though it can occur at nearly any age.
  • Family History: If you have one or more close relatives (parents, siblings) who have had skin cancer of any kind before, you may be at higher risk.
  • Weakened Immune System: Certain immunosuppressive drugs and diseases can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Arsenic Exposure: Arsenic can contribute to your chances of developing basal cell carcinoma.

If one or more of these risk factors are true of you, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a trusted dermatologist at a skin clinic near you. Find a Skin MD office in a Chicago neighborhood just like yours.

Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatments

Basal cell carcinoma begins as a semi-transparent lump on patches of skin that are exposed to the sun. It may also appear on or around your genitals. Most often, the bump is skin-colored with a minor sheen to it. It may also appear slightly darker than your natural skin tone.

Thankfully, common skin cancers have common treatment options. At Skin MD in Chicago, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments for your basal cell carcinoma.

Treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma:

  • Surgical Excision: This simple, in-office and outpatient procedure is pain-free and capable of removing cancerous lesions, including basal cell carcinoma.
  • Mohs Surgery: This gold standard of skin cancer surgeries removes only cancerous tissue while leaving healthy, surrounding skin in place.
  • Topical Solutions: Some topical drugs can direct your immune system to attack cancerous cells.
  • Curettage & Electrodesiccation: The lesion is cut away from the skin before heat or a chemical agent is applied to destroy any remaining cancerous cells.
  • Radiation Therapy: Low-energy X-rays are directed at the cancerous cells to destroy them.

There are several other treatment options for basal cell carcinoma that may work best for you. At Skin MD, we’ve assembled the brightest dermatological minds from across the globe. Together with our patients, we’ve fought against basal cell carcinoma and won. To learn more, call us today at 708-636-3767.


What Our Patients Say

A Caring, Human Touch

Dr. Sergeyenko is fantastic. He’s very detailed and attentive and seems to really care about patients. The office is very well run and uses the right amount of technology to execute their business…but you can always get a human on the line if you need to. Flexible hours, too.

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Always Welcoming New Patients

It was my first appt at the Evergreen location and I was very pleased with the service and staff. I saw Dr. Chris Krippinger. He knew right away what was happening to my skin and provided a treatment plan. It’s been two weeks and I am seeing the results. I recommend Skin MD.

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Why Choose Skin MD For Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?

Family Dermatology

At Skin MD, we serve everyone. From pediatric dermatology to teens & adults, our providers treat patients of all ages with respect & expertise.

Skin Care Versatility

From acne treatments and Mohs Surgery to 21st-century cosmetic solutions like microneedling & lip fillers, we have you covered.

World-Class Providers

Our providers are leaders in their field with numerous fellowships, publications, professional memberships, & academic achievements to their names.

Multiple Locations

We serve several Chicago communities, including Orland Park, Skokie, and Evergreen Park. Find a Skin MD office near you!

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Your Questions Answered

Basal Cell Carcinoma FAQs

While basal cell carcinoma is easily and successfully treated in a majority of cases, it can and does kill. Out of the millions of Americans who develop this form of skin cancer each year, .05% of cases may become fatal. Thankfully, you don’t have to be among those who delay treatment or let basal cell carcinoma continue undetected. Call Skin MD today at 708-636-3767 so we can tackle it together.
Basal cell carcinoma can spread, although it does so only in extremely few cases. When this form of skin cancer is left untreated for years, it may even spread to lymph nodes where it causes major complications. The best defense against basal cell carcinoma is a simple appointment with a dermatologist in Chicago.
Mohs surgery is only one treatment option for basal cell carcinoma. In many cases, a much simpler surgical excision of the cancerous lesion is possible. Topical solutions and radiation therapy are also effective treatments.

Choose Life Without Skin Cancer. Choose Skin MD Today.

Few of us are ready for a diagnosis of skin cancer. But when that cancer is basal cell carcinoma, there’s plenty to be thankful for. Unlike squamous or Merkel cell carcinomas, and on the near opposite side of the spectrum from melanoma, this most common form of skin cancer is easily detected, treated, and overcome. It all starts with a diagnosis and customized treatment plan at Skin MD in Chicago, IL.

Learn more about basal cell carcinoma at any of our dermatology clinics in Orland Park, Skokie, and Evergreen Park today. Together, we can beat basal cell carcinoma and get back to living.