Basal cell carcinoma is the commonest form of cancer in Australia and can occur at any age, but is more common with increasing age. Whilst these cancers are unable to spread to other parts of the body, they need to be treated seriously. Patients whose cancers have been neglected or incompletely treated previously may find that their tumours have invaded widely or deeply.
Basal cell carcinomas are often not identified by patients themselves until they have been present for several years, generally because the tumours can mimic harmless spots and enlarge very slowly. Often they are diagnosed by a doctor on a routine skin check or a friend or relative who has had one previously themselves.
There are multiple treatment options available for BCCs and dermatologists are skilled in the range of surgical and non-surgical treatments that allow customisation of therapy.