OT. anyone had skin cancer

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by puddin827, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. puddin827

    puddin827 New Member

    I have skin cancer and wanted to know if anyone else has had or has it. I have Basal Cell Carcinoma.
  2. Empower

    Empower New Member

    He is very fair and had it in his late 30's. I believe it was Basal Cell

    He had a minor surgery (outpatient) to remove it. I forget what the procedure is called

    He was a little sore for a day or two, but then okay. That was all he had done

    He goes once a year to a dermatologist for a skin check
  3. charlenef

    charlenef New Member

    the first time i went and had the surgery on my nose it was basal cell. the 2nd time i went on the web and got some herbs that only attacks the cancer and leaves the rest of your skin intacked.with that one you cant even see a scar. charlene i think it was called black salve on the web if you want to google
  4. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    I had basal cell skin cancer removed near my left eye. A few months later, it looked funny again so I went back in. My dermatologist determined that he hadn't gone deep enough the first time. The second time, I had a small hole when he got done. It has now healed over, but the skin there is white. I did go in for laser treatments that were supposed to make it turn pink so it would blend in more with my skin. It looked better for about six months, then turned white again. It's about the size of a nickel. I'm just glad it's not any bigger and that it's not in the center of my face.

    My parents bought a cottage when I was seven years old, and I used to spend all day out in the sun in my bathing suit. I am sure all that sun is why I got skin cancer. When I got older, I tried not to be in the sun very long. The past few years I have been religious about using sunscreen. I just wish I could get my husband to use it. He is fair skinned and has spent a lot of time in the sun.

    I go in once a year for check-ups now and keep doing checks myself. I had always thought that skin cancer was dark, but the cancer on my face was pinkish or whitish in color. I just thought it was a weird kind of pimple or rash that wouldn't go away. It was a shock to learn it was cancer. They also burned a small area on my right cheek that was pre-cancerous.

    Ellen
  5. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Puddin,

    I've had about 25 Basal Cell Carcinomas removed in the last 6 or 7 years. None were anything to worry about and they were all taken off with liquid nitrigen. Had 9 removed in September.

    I now go in once a year so they can check me over and take off anything new. Red hair and blue eyes makes me a prime target for them. That and growing up in the swimming pool!

    Doc says all those years of burning and peeling are what caused the damage, but the ones on my left arm and shoulder are probably from being sunburned when I was driving. I drove a car with no air conditioning for 11 years and always had that arm out the window!

    I've had them on my face (nose, forehead, cheek bones), ear, chest, arms, and shoulders. My bro gets checked twice a year and can't even remember how many he's had removed!

    Get it taken care of so you can stop worrying!

    Hugzz
    Greenbean

    Stop and smell the puppies!
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    had skin cancer. Can't remember which kind. He had two surgeries couple years ago.

    Gets checked every year. So far he's fine.
  7. puddin827

    puddin827 New Member

    Thanks for all the info everyone. Mine is on my forehead.
  8. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    Good luck with your your treatment, I'm thinking good thoughts for you. I know how it feels to hear that word "cancer" from your doctor---no matter what kind you have. I hope you've caught it early, and treatment goes smoothly for you. Keep us posted!

    (((Hugs)))
    Pam
  9. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    Basal cell carcinoma is highly treatable and curable.

    It does not tend to metastacize, as do melanomas.

    Local excision usually does the trick. Of course, once one has them, it is a pretty good alert that others shall appear, and one should be closely monitored, as I have seen one or two people who let theirs get advanced and they did have serious problems.
  10. Kay31

    Kay31 Member

    Hi Puddin,

    Like most of us, I spent as much time as I could getting a tan. Even tho I've worn #30 sunscreen 12 months of the year for several years, I was shocked when my biopsies came back positive. My dermie said that basal cell is the easiest one to treat.

    She sent me to a specialist (was he handsome!)in MOHS surgery who looked at my biopsy results; then he and his staff gave me novacaine and removed one on my forehead and one near my eye. I was then sent out to the waiting room while they examined the results under a scope.

    They called me back im and had to remove more. I came home looking like a mummy swathed with bandages. Absolutely no pain.....I had to apply vasoline to incisions and rebandage for a week. Went back and had the stitches removed. That was in early September. Scars are already fading. They call this doctor an "artist" because of the way he operates and stitches.

    Have no fear....see if you can get a MOHS surgeon.

    Kay
  11. TKE

    TKE New Member

    My Huz is a 19 year survivor of Malignant Melanoma cancer. He was stage 2. 4 is as high as you go. His birthmark, mole on his back, turned to cancer. He NEVER got sunburnt either.

    He gets checked every year for re-occurance.

    He's also had prostate cancer twice & was a 9 on a scale from 1-10. He tends to do things in a big way, including getting cancer....shessh!!! Had 2 surgeries & radiation & is still going full steam ahead. He keeps telling me he will out live me & he's 15 years older than me. He just might!!

    Hope your surgery goes well & you have no re-occurance.

    Toy

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