Sebaceous Carcinoma

What is sebaceous carcinoma?

Sebaceous carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer that begins deep within the skin's oil glands. Patients often mistake this form of cancer for benign skin conditions, avoiding the doctor until the malignancy spreads to other areas of the body. The lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and brain can be affected by sebaceous carcinoma if not diagnosed and tested early.

What areas of the body are most affected by sebaceous carcinoma?

Sebaceous carcinoma most often affects the eyelids, but can also develop on the face, scalp, and other areas of the body.

What does sebaceous carcinoma look like?

Sebaceous carcinoma presents as firm, flesh colored or yellow lumps that gradually grow over time and may eventually ooze and bleed.

Why are skin cancer screenings important?

Skin cancer screenings are the first line of defense against skin cancer. What may look like an insignificant lump, may actually be a sign of skin cancer. Because it's so rare, sebaceous carcinoma often goes unnoticed until it has spread to other areas of the body. With regular screenings, a skin cancer specialist can identify the growths before they metastasize.

What happens during a skin cancer screening?

Patients who receive a skin cancer screening at LA Laser and SKin Center can expect a quick and painless 10-15 minute exam. A skincancer specialist will check the entire body for abnormal growths, paying close attention to size, color, border, and shape. If anything looks suspicious, a biospy will be ordered.

What treatments are available at LA Laser and Skin Center for sebaceous carcinoma?

Surgical Excision A scalpel is used to completely cut the lesion and surrounding margin of healthy skin. Stitches are used to close the surgical opening.

MOhs Micrographic surgery Mohs microgrphic surgery is a cutting edge skin cancer treatment performed by only the most highly skilled surgeons. The procedure starts with the removal of a small area of skin cancer, which is immediately tested under a microscope onsite to determine the location of the cancer cells in the sample. Patients remain in the operating room during the testing. Once analysis pinpoints the direction of the cancer's growth, another small layer of skin is removed and examined. This process continues layer by layer untils all skin cancer cells have been removed. Click here to learn more about Moh's microscopic surgery.

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