I just thought I had a scar that kept getting irritated due to my glasses lying on top of it. But was I ever wrong! It was Basal Cell Skin Cancer and I had other spots as well. Several family members have had several different types of skin cancer but still I was not really prepared for the news.
Something Is Wrong
I had what I thought was a scar on my nose for many years. At one point about 5 years ago it was bothering me so I had my regular doctor take a look at it. He told me it was just a scar and my glasses had irritated it. I was satisfied with this diagnosis from him.
Again the growth on my nose was starting to bleed, be irritated, etc. so I went to see my new doctor who took one look and referred me to a dermatologist.
Trip to the Dermatologist
I was a little bit confused when the nurse told me to strip down to a gown when I was there for a growth on my nose, but I did what I was told to do.
In came the doctor who took one look at my nose and told me I might have Melanoma Skin Cancer and she had to do a biopsy.
Then she grabbed a bright light and started to check me over head to toe. Low and be hold she found several spots that could also become skin cancer so she then froze them off.
I thought I would have to come back but no she started to freeze spots and did the biopsy right then and there. I was told that if it was indeed skin cancer I would have to come back to have it removed.
The Biopsy Diagnosis and Treatment
I was diagnosed with having Basal Cell Skin Cancer and not Melanoma Skin Cancer which was better news but still scary to me. So I was given an appointment right away to have it removed and the other areas checked again to make sure they were gone.
Taking care of the wounds afterwards was a surprise too. The only thing you do is to keep the frozen areas clean and covered with a little bit of everyday petroleum jelly.
After the removal of the skin cancer the doctor put petroleum jelly over the area, covered it and after a few days I could remove the bandage and just keep the petroleum jelly on it till healed. So strange, I was expecting antibiotics or something else to be used on it.
My Knowledge of Skin Cancer
I never thought that freckles, moles or age spots could become skin cancer and at any time. I am very fair skinned and have freckles from head to foot now that I am older. I even have one inside my eye and it checked every year to make sure it is not cancerous or growing.
I have always used sun screen when I was at the beach, etc. but now I use it when I go out in the sun for anything. I use 30-50 SPF sunscreen and I try and wear a hat as well.
I did not know that it is a hereditary trait to have skin cancer. I know that this is true now since I have several family members who have had both Basal and Melanoma Skin Cancer.
I have to be checked every three to six months for skin cancer for how long I really do not know. Most likely the rest of my life since skin cancer runs in the family!
A hint is to just think of something else other than the fact that the doctor and a nurse are looking at every inch of your body under a bright light and touching what catches their eye as a possible problem.
There is nothing like being stripped down and looked over everywhere to make someone feel really comfortable!