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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 one of our experienced Consultant Dermatologists is required to assess the rodent ulcer and whether removal can be performed within the same appointment. This may involve review under a dermoscope. If your rodent ulcer is removed, it is required to perform a histopathology laboratory test on the skin cancer removed to ensure the ulcer is benign and to ensure the lesion is fully excised. This is part of your total fee.
The Consultant or Nurse will inform you of your results from the laboratory when available.
Rodent Ulcer Assessment and Removal (Basal Cell Carcinoma)
If you would like further information about the assessment and removal of Rodent Ulcers (Basal Cell Carcinoma) a form of skin caner - please feel welcome to call us on 03300 58 44 55 or email us on GP@pallmallmedical.co.uk
You do NOT need a referral letter from the NHS to see a specialist at Pall Mall Medical. We offer a direct booking system that is fast, effective and confidential. You can request an appointment at our city centre locations in Manchester and Liverpool or at our own private hospital in Newton-le-Willows (near St Helens).