Basal Cell Carcinoma

This information is useful for adults and older adults
skin cancer
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We are the largest provider of specialized dermatologic care in the region.
  • We are a state-of-the-art, academic dermatology center of excellence.
  • We have the most technically advanced skin pathology lab in the region.

If you find a suspicious spot or mole on your skin after having spent too much time in the sun over the years, you may be concerned about skin cancer. 

About 80 percent of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas (also called basal cell cancers). This is not only the most common type of skin cancer but also the most common cancer. 

“We believe there will be around 2 to 4 million cases of basal cell carcinoma in the year in the United States,” says Sean Christensen, MD, PhD, a Yale Medicine dermatologist, and assistant professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. 

At Yale Medicine, we are leading experts in evaluating skin lesions. We have a specialized skin dermatopathology lab where skin biopsies are sent for evaluation. In fact, Yale Medicine's dermatopathology services are the most sophisticated and technically advanced in the region, providing highly accurate diagnoses of skin cancers and other diseases.