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Introduction & Overview

Recognition & Symptoms
(with pictures)

Difference between BCCs, Moles & Melanoma
(with pictures)

12 Sub-Types

Causes & Risk Factors
Who's at most risk?

Diagnosis, Biopsy & Stages

Treatment & Prevention



Basal Cell Carcinoma Diagrams, Illustrations

Nodular and Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Morpheaform Sclerosing Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Facial and Head Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Nose Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Eyelid Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Ear Region Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

Pictures of Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment

Pictures of Moles




The difference between moles, basal cell carcinomas and melanomas

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You may have noticed from these pictures that moles and basal cell carcinomas look very similar. While they do look similar, both moles and nodule basal cell carcinomas have distinctive differences. Remember, that basal cell carcinomas appear most often (around 75 percent of the time) on the face, head, and neck, (remember the embryonic fusion planes we discussed?). They also appear on the upper trunk, back of the hands and arms. These common locations differ from moles which may appear nearly anywhere on the body.

Moles: Moles tend to be round or oval in shape with a symmetrical border, smaller than five millimeters, have stopped growing and changing color, and are all one-color. They are usually tan to dark brown in color, and slightly elevated above the skin.

In the three images directly below, you can see that these moles are oval or round shape with symmetrical borders and the moles are all one color. Then compare those to the basal cell carcinoma and melanoma further below.




Basal Cell Carcinoma & Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Nodule basal cell carcinomas are often larger, have an assymetrical border that is not perfectly round or oval like a mole, and often has different colors than moles. It will also appear quite different than those moles on your body which you know are moles. BCCs are also often firmer to the touch than raised moles which are usually soft.

Melanoma: Nonmelanomas also differ in appearance from melanomas. In general, most melanomas are flat, and dark-brown to black in color with more than one color. However, there is a nodular type of melanoma with a raised protruberence which can be confused with moles or nonmelanomas. Your doctor should be able to tell you the difference.

Melanoma identification, for the most part, is made simple with the abbreviated formula "A,B,C,D,E" - which stands for:

  • Asymmetry
  • Borders (irregular)
  • Color (varies, multi-colored), and
  • Diameter (greater than 6 mm, about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Evolving over time (changes shape and colors, enlarges over time)

In the figure below, benign moles are shown in examples on the left, with melanoma growths demonstrated on the right. Further down shows the most common basal squamous cell carcinomas.

Moles(left) - Melanomas (right)

If upon self-examination you have any mole or lesion on your skin which fits the Appearance and Descriptions of a basal cell carcinoma or appearance of melanoma described and illustrated above, please see your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible. (6,8,9,10,11,12)

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