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Basal Cell Carcinoma Staging

Tests are conducted to determine the stage of basal cell carcinoma, which is  then used to develop an appropriate  treatment plan.
Tests are conducted to determine the
stage of basal cell carcinoma, which is
then used to develop an appropriate
treatment plan.

Staging is the process of determining whether cancer has spread and, if so, how far. It is important to know the stage of the disease in order to plan treatment.

Understanding Your Stage of Basal Cell Carcinoma

The stage is based on the size of the tumor, how deeply into the skin it has grown, and whether cancer has spread beyond the tumor to the lymph nodes. Your doctor will look at the results of the biopsy to determine the stage. If you have squamous cell carcinoma, your doctor may also test lymph nodes near the tumor to see if the cancer has spread beyond the skin.
Stages are numbered in Roman numerals between 0 and IV.

Most non-melanoma skin cancers are Stage 0 or Stage I. Stage III and IV are relatively rare. Based on the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, your overall health, and other factors, your doctor works with you to develop a treatment plan.

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