Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer, with more than one million new cases estimated in the US each year. Basal cells are cells that line the deepest layer of the epidermis. An abnormal growth — a tumour — of this layer is known as basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinomas usually occur on parts of the body that are often exposed to the sun. These are the face, neck, V-shaped area of the chest, and upper back. They occur less often on the top sides of the arms and hands.

  • These tumours sometimes look like a sore or pimple that does not heal.
  • They may ooze yellowish fluid, crust over with a scab, and then break down and ooze again.
  • When the surrounding skin is stretched, a basal cell carcinoma has a pearly gray look, with tiny blood vessels often visible inside the tumour.

The basal cell carcinoma pictures below illustrate five of the most typical characteristics of basal cell carcinoma. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumour. In addition, BCC sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.

An Open Sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common sign of an early basal cell carcinoma.
A Reddish Patch or irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms, or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
A Shiny Bump or nodule that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red, or white. The bump can also be tan, black, or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
A Pink Growth with a slightly elevated rolled border and a crusted indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
A Scar-like Area which is white, yellow or waxy, and often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny and taut. This warning sign can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumour.