BCC - Basal Cell Carcinoma (Rodent Ulcer)

BCC - Basal Cell Carcinoma is a very common form of skin cancer and accounts for more than 75% of skin cancers in the UK. It occurs most commonly on areas exposed to the sun - In particular the face, head and neck.

Most BCCs are slow growing and almost never spread to other parts of the body. There are different subtypes of basal cell carcinomas so their appearance can vary from a red patch of skin, a raised nodule or an ulcer or crater.

Some BCCs can be aggressive in their growth and delaying diagnosis may mean more extensive treatment is required.

Many BCCs are thought by patients to be an initial result of local trauma to the skin (a gardening injury for example) and therefore they don't seek an opinion for some time. If an ulcer hasn't healed within 2-4 weeks - Its worth asking  a healthcare professional for an opinion.

There are different treatment options for BCC from topical creams to surgery.  Your specialist will advise which one is best for you and your condition.


Examples of Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs)

Mixed type BCC of the temple


Superficial type BCC of the cheek


Nodular type BCC of the Cheek