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Basal Cell Skin Cancer of the Eye Area


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Basal cell skin cancer This is the most common type of skin cancer and the most common type of cancer in humans. Eight of 10 skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas. They are usually found in skin exposed to sunlight, like the eyelid, and rarely spread. Left untreated, basal cell skin cancer can cause damage to the delicate eye area.

Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

One of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The team earned this distinction through its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.

Multidisciplinary care teams. A cancer diagnosis deserves comprehensive, compassionate care. That’s why Sylvester and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute partner to deliver precision care. You are evaluated and treated by a spectrum of eye professionals, including experts in ophthalmology, dermatology, ocular oncology, radiation oncology, and pathology.

One of only four designated Cancer Centers of Excellence in Florida. AWe treat cancer, and only cancer, giving you the best potential outcomes. You can be confident knowing you are in the best possible place to treat your cancer in South Florida.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the top-rated facility in the country for the treatment of diseases and disorders of the eye, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Ophthalmic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery experts. With hundreds of ophthalmology experts on our team and operating suites dedicated to eye care, you receive quality care tailored to your condition, no matter how unique or complex.

Leading technology. Sylvester is one of the few institutions that offers reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), which provides a more accurate diagnosis of lesions that can’t be confirmed with a clinical exam and dermascopy (a magnification device used to diagnose skin lesions).

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  • Surgery

    Surgery is used 90 percent of the time for basal cell skin cancer of the eye. Basal cell cancers are usually cured with surgical removal, but new cancers may develop. Routine skin checks are done following surgery.

  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage

    During this procedure, a sharp, spoon-shaped instrument called a curette is used to remove the cancer. A needle-shaped electrode is then used to treat the area with an electric current. The current stops the bleeding and destroys cancer cells around the edge of the wound.

  • Simple Excision

    Simple excision surgically removes a tumor from the skin, along with some of the normal skin around it.

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery

    This technique offers the most accurate method for completely removing all cancerous tissue. It spares healthy tissue. This surgery treats tumors on or near the nose, eyes, ears, forehead, scalp, fingers, and genital area. It involves cutting the tumor from the skin in thin layers. Each layer removed is viewed under a microscope. When no cancer cells remain, the surgery is completed. Mohs surgery is especially useful in treating large tumors, tumors in certain locations, and those that come back after other treatments. Routinely offered at Sylvester, it is completed in just one office visit, and has a nearly 100 percent cure rate.

  • Photodynamic Therapy

    This treatment uses a drug and laser light to kill cancer cells. A drug is injected into a vein, but it's not active until it exposed to the laser light. The drug collects more cancer cells than normal cells. For skin cancer, laser light is shined onto the skin. This activates the drug to kill the cancer cells. Photodynamic therapy causes little damage to healthy tissue.

  • Immunotherapy

    Also called biologic therapy, these medicines use your immune system to fight cancer. Topical imiquimod therapy (a cream applied to the skin) may be used to treat small basal cell carcinomas.


Making a diagnosis of basal cell skin cancer involves a careful skin examination. We look for spots or bumps that appear abnormal in color, size, shape, or texture. Any suspicious areas can have a tissue sample removed and tested for cancer.

  • Skin Biopsy

    A skin biopsy removes all or part of an abnormal growth from the skin. A pathologist views the growth under a microscope to check for signs of cancer. Types of skin biopsies include:

    • Punch biopsy: A special punch biopsy tool is used to remove a circle of tissue from the abnormal-looking growth
    • Incisional biopsy: A scalpel is used to remove part of a growth
    • Excisional biopsy: A scalpel is used to remove the entire growth

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care