I had a small growth on my left back shoulder that I couldn’t see.

I showed it to my dermatologist and he said it was nothing, so I tried ignoring it. But it grew and felt like there was something inside, so I popped it and lots and lots of blood came out.

I had a regular visit coming up with the dermatologist and I showed it to him again and insisted he remove it.

He did and sent it to the lab and the results came back sebaceous carcinoma.

He told me it was very rare, but once found, it was usually also found elsewhere. He sent me to my primary care Dr. with a note as to what he found and suggested further evaluation internally.

Without all the details, I went to several doctors until I found one who was willing to go through all the paperwork and phone calls to the insurance company and referrals to the various specialists.

Many doctors don’t even know what it is and their computer software rarely has it in their database.

It has been 2 months since my diagnosis and I am finally getting to see some specialists.

It took repeated phone calls and much pushing to my doctor, my insurance company and the specialists to get this far. Hopefully, I will finally be properly evaluated and treated. I’ll let you know.

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Jun 01, 2012
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your prayers.

I'm happy to say that I finished all my tests and scans and can now report that the cancer on my back was caught in time and has not spread to anyplace else in my body. Unfortunately I will have to continue to be vigilant as this type of cancer often reoccurs, but now that I'm aware of it, perhaps I can catch it early every time.

A word of advise though, if you come across anything with your body that is different from what you know is normal, see a doctor. Even if he says it's nothing, have him test it. My doctor said the growth on my back was nothing, but I insisted he remove and test it. If I had taken his advise and done nothing, a very agressive type of cancer would have been allowed to spread.

May 22, 2012
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I wish and pray for you with all you go through. I know how it can be. Please let me know how you are doing. Joe (

May 22, 2012
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I wish and pray for you with all you go through. I know how it can be. Please let me know how you are doing. Joe (

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