a reply to: Shana91aus
It sounds like a basal cell carcinoma - that's relatively a benign condition, have had several removed from my neck and forehead. The "usual"
treatment seems to involve simply excising it from your skin - in my case, I did have a couple of recurrences, so they were removed with the Moh's
procedure - this is pretty cool - basically, they almost shave it off, if you will - then, while you wait, they check the removed tissue for clear
margins - to make sure they got all the abnormal cells. If not, they take a little more until it's all gone.
Anyway, given a choice, I prefer that procedure - the scarring is minimal, very little discomfort, and best of all, you have assurance that they got
it all - it's all less trouble, less pain than, say, a dental visit.
I grew up in SoCal, with no sunscreen - lots of beaches, skiing, high-altitude hiking, etc, with no sunscreen. The sun damage on my poor skin is
considerable, so BCC's are just a fact.
The worst treatment i had was for my forehead - I had so many pre-cancerous sites (actinic keratosis, iirc) that rather than burning them off one at a
time with nitrogen, they gave me something I came to call "leprosy cream" - applied every day, twice a day, my entire forehead first turned bright
red, then started peeling madly - I looked like a Hiroshima survivor - all my skin burned off for like two months. Could scarcely go out in public
without a hat pulled down over my face. In the end, though, the result was brilliant - skin like a baby's bottom.
Point being - Use that sunscreen! And not to frighten you - but keep on top of that - see your dermatologist on a regular basis for follow-ups -
don't put it off. If you've had one, you'll get more, and it's really not a big deal if you stay on top of them.
I know someone who had melanoma, and ignored it for years. By the time he got sick, it was way too late, and I'll spare you the details - just keep
on top of it, and it'll be no trouble at all.
Best of luck!