Basal Cell Cancer

by Bruce
(Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA)

The year was 2000 and I was at my dermatologist to have a spot on my forehead checked.

I have had several basal cell skin cancers removed before and they were always removed at the doctor's office with little recovery time afterwards.

This spot was different in color and size.

My doctor did a biopsy and asked me to come back the next week.

When I went back to see him he told me that it was a basal cell skin cancer but it was growing outwardly and inwardly and I would need to have surgery in a hospital by a plastic surgeon.

He described what would happen and that the surgeon would remove the tumor but also the margins around the tumor.

He informed me to let my employer know I would be off work for several days after the surgery.

On the day of the surgery I think I was more fearful of being put to sleep than I was the surgery.

The surgery lasted around 1 hour and then I went home with a huge bandage to my head. The surgeon had removed an area 1 1/2 inch long by 1 inch wide all the way to the skull. The surgeon reconstructed my skull and today you can barely see the skull.

My wife and two sons, parents, and brothers and sister and their families were very supportive. My church and friends from work were there for me during this time.

Since this surgery I have had three other basal cell skin cancers removed, but all of these were removed at the doctor's office and now I am cancer free.

I urge anyone who has something come up on your skin to have it checked out immediately.

If you have skin cancer it can be treated successfully. The sooner you get it treated the better.

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large basal cell carcinoma
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had a 5mm size basal cell removed successfully that had remained untreated for ten plus years

Basal Cell Cancer
by: Anonymous

I'm glad you got it removed and you have a good support group.

I had something going on (didn't know what) for a year or more. My forehead, and around the eyes had some dry scaly skin. I thought it would just go away but it didn't.

Under my ear on my jawline I had a little flesh colored lump. I would pick at it sometimes and it would bleed and take a long time to heal.

It was during the month of May (skin cancer awareness month) and I heard on the radio about a free skin cancer screening. I went.

Around my forehead and eyes turned out to be actinic keratoses (sun damage) and it could have turned into skin cancer.

I had a dermatologist remove it with liquid nitrogen. He froze them and they dropped off in a few days.

The one under my ear was basal cell cancer. They did Mohs Surgery on it. On my jaw it only looked like a small lump, but when the doctor did the surgery he had to keep removing for about 3 inches in front of my ear.

He got rid of it 100% and no more skin cancer for me as well.

I hope a lot of people read this kind of information.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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