Growth under nose for 2 years. Finally had it biopsied; basal cell carcinoma. What'll happen if I don't have Moh's surgery?
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for your question. I’m sorry to hear that you were recently diagnosed with skin
cancer. Fortunately, Basal Cell Carcinoma is a slow growing skin cancer so the
risk of it spreading to other areas of the body is small. However, this is
still a skin cancer so it will continue to grow locally. The longer it goes
untreated, the larger it will become. This can potentially lead to
disfigurement. It would be best to have this treated sooner rather than later.
Be sure that you consult with a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon.
They may be able to recommend alternative treatment options if you are hesitant
about having surgery.
Basal cell carcinoma treatment
What happens if I leave a basal cell carcinoma?
You need to have it treated whether with surgery or radiotherapy, but you need to have it treated. Some BCCs can be treated with PhotoDynamic Therapy and some creams.
Go and see a Dermatologist for the non-surgical options and a plastic surgeon for the surgical ones, but get it treated now, when it is small!