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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is another name for a rodent ulcer and is a type of skin cancer. It is the most common type of all skin cancers in the UK. It is often caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or from sunbeds, and can occur anywhere on the body. The most common areas affected on the body include the face, neck and ears as these are frequently exposed to UV light. They can also develop where burns, scars or ulcers have damaged the skin.
Rodent ulcers are best treated by surgical removal under local anaesthetic, especially for cosmetic reasons when they are on the face, head and neck. Removing the rodent ulcer is the best way to ensure the condition has the least chance of reoccurring.
Under local anaesthetic, the ulcer and its cuff of normal tissue is removed and put in a container to be sent to the pathologist for analysis. The pathologists check to see if the skin lesion is indeed a basal cell carcinoma and that it is completely removed from the body. There is a rapid turnaround time for these checks and results will be available in the shortest time possible.
A consultation with our experienced consultants is required to assess the ulcer and removal can be performed within the same appointment.
The other charges are when the dermoscope and assessment show the ulcer to be suspicious. The surgeon will advise if laboratory analysis is appropriate, in which case an additional charge of £160.00 is required.
We would recommend all ulcers should be sent for histology to ensure the ulcer is benign and to ensure the lesion is fully excised.
Rodent ulcer assessment and removal
(includes Dermatology Consultation and Diagnostic Biopsy)
(if required by dermatologist)