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Monday, September 23, 2019

I have a small wound on my nose that has not healed in about a year. It may be cancerous, and I am beginning to learn about it. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and it frequently occurs on the nose. This picture shows a hard, well-defined basal cell carcinoma that is not causing any symptoms. The tumor has a pearly appearance, and telangiectasia (spider veins) are visible on the surface.

A sore or lesion on the nose that fails to heal often indicates the presence of skin cancer. The appearance of the lesion can help determine the type of cancer present. Basal cell carcinoma often produces sores that look pearly white or waxy. The white waxy area may look like a scar, making it easy to overlook. Basal cell carcinomas grow slowly and rarely spread to nearby lymph nodes or distant organs. They can, however, cause extensive damage to surrounding tissues. Although easy to treat, basal cell carcinoma causes a high recurrence rate, according to MayoClinic.com.
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