Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. It can occur anywhere on the body, but is most likely to be found on sun-exposed areas such as the face and eyelids.
It typically appears as an elevated growth with reddish, rolled up borders, prominent blood vessels, and often a depression in the center.* (below)
If the growth involves the eyelid margin, the eyelashes are usually absent.* (below)
Basal cell carcinomas virtually never spread or metastasize to the rest of the body. But they will continue to slowly grow and destroy any structures they are near, including the eyelid, eye socket, and even the eye. * (below)
They are primarily treated by excision and reconstruction, as seen in the flowing before and after photos.* (below)
Protecting your skin and eyes from the sun by the use of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses is the best way to prevent skin cancers. Also, have any suspicious growths checked by your physician right away, as early detection is very important.
*All photos are of patients seen and treated by Ronald E. Warwar, M.D.