It is important to get examined by a skin doctor (dermatologist) often, so that skin cancers may be treated while they are still small.
Persons with this disorder may also be seen and treated by other specialists, depending on which part of the body is affected. For example, a cancer specialist (oncologist) may treat tumors in the body, and an orthopedic surgeon may help treat bone problems.
Frequent follow-up with a variety of specialist doctors is important to having a good outcome.
Persons with this condition may develop:
Skin damage and severe scarring due to skin cancers
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
You or any family members have nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, especially if you are planning to have a child.
You have a child who has symptoms of this disorder.
Couples with a family history of this syndrome might consider genetic counseling before becoming pregnant.
Staying out of the sun and using sunscreen can help prevent new basal cell skin cancers.
Avoid radiation such as x-rays. People with this condition are very sensitive to radiation. Exposure to radiation can lead to skin cancers.
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Richard J. Moskowitz, MD, Dermatologist in private practice, Mineola, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.