Basal cell carcinoma is considered a non-melanoma type of skin cancer and can appear on the eyelids or skin area around the eyes. It is reported to be the most common type of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer appears on those areas that are most exposed to UV sunlight (i.e. face and scalp). Increased risk factors for basal cell carcinoma include being fair skinned, blue or light colored eyes, history of sunburn or family history of basal cell, and having a lot of skin moles. Symptoms are discoloration of the skin, a raised area on the skin, a new growth or mole, or a lesion on the skin that never heals.
This type of skin cancer rarely spreads into other parts of the body (metastasis), but if left untreated, can be very destructive to the surrounding tissue. Diagnosis is made by a biopsy (removing a portion of the lesion for microscopic examination). Treatment is usually removal of the lesion and surrounding skin, medicated creams, and cryosurgery (freezing the lesion and removal). Any new lump or bump near the eyes or on the eyelid should be examined by an eye care professional as soon as it is noticed.
Dr. Carney is available for all your eye care needs by appointment at Wallace Eye Associates by calling (318) 448-0221.