Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. While slow-growing and unlikely to spread to other areas, locally they can be very invasive. They are usually found on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun.

"Whilst basal cell skin cancers don’t usually spread, they can be locally invasive requiring more extensive surgery."

Dr Juber Hafiji

Specialist Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon

What do basal cell carcinomas look like?

Basal cell carcinomas can present as a scaly patch, a pearly lump or an ulcer. As they grow, they cause unsightly sores on the skin, resulting in discomfort, disfigurement and scarring.
Superficial basal cell carcinoma
Morphoeic basal cell carcinoma
Nodular basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma FAQs

If left untreated, basal cell carcinomas can become more difficult to manage. They can spread across the skin and deeper into the tissues, potentially requiring more extensive surgery. 

There are a variety of treatments available to treat basal cell skin cancers, from topical immunotherapy, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, conventional surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery.

Dermatology Hawke’s Bay is the region’s only provider of world-leading Mohs micrographic surgery, ensuring complete removal of a cancer with minimal tissue removal, for the best cosmetic result. 


UK-trained specialist dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Dr Juber Hafiji, and his team offer a complete range of skin cancer treatments – medical, surgical and the ‘gold-standard’ Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr Hafiji’s 20 years’ experience combined with his knowledge of the latest research, means you can be assured that you are in good hands. Our mission is simple – to bring your skin back to its best health.

Bringing the ‘gold standard’ of skin cancer treatment to Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Dermatology is the region’s only provider of world-leading Mohs Micrographic Surgery, ensuring complete removal of a cancer with minimal tissue removal.