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Skin cancer removed

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Last week Thursday I had skin cancer removed from my forehead. They used a procedure called MOHS that helps to reduce scarring but also makes sure that it is all gone before they close you up and send you home. It was a much bigger process than I thought especially since the biopsy was not a really big deal.

I had a spot the size of a dime on my forhead a little above my right eye. Now I have stitches that are about 2 inches long and much more work was done under the skin to reconstruct my forehead.

The reason I am writing this is to tell all of those who will listen to be aware of your body and your skin. I only noticed this about a year ago and thought it would go away. I was told by the doctor that because of the size and the fact it is a slow growing cancer that I probably had it for much longer than that. I'm thinking had I caught this sooner the reconstruction may not have been so much which would mean maybe a little bit easier recovery.

I know people go through much worse than what I have been through but if we are aware and take good care of our bodies then we can catch things before they get out of control and cause worse damage. I never thought this would happen to me because I really try to not be in the sun when I don't have to and protect my skin. But this cancer is from the cumulative effects of sun exposure. So moms and dads, protect your children's skin too.

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    Was it basal cell? I had that too - right after my 8 yo was born - on my nose - it was so tiny and I thought it was a pimple but it didn't go away and looked differnt - I had the MOHS procedure too and I was just happy we caught it and it wasn't melanoma - we all have to be so careful. I'm so glad you got it checked out. Because my husband had seen that in me, he saw something on the neck of a colleague at work and recommended he get it checked out and it was also basal cell - the guy was so thankful :)
    1228 days ago
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    Wow, I'm so sorry you had that. I am really susceptible to skin cancer due to a particular skin condition I have, and I have been slacking off on the sun screen. Gonna try to be better about it from now on.

    1228 days ago
    Oh my gosh, Renee! I'm glad you got this treated and thanks for the reminder!! Hugs!!
    1567 days ago
    In my photo gallery , I have a photo of my Mohs surgery. It was on my nose. It is no fun to go through that's for sure. Now I have a faint scar straight down my nose. Unless I mention it, people don't notice it. You will be glad you had this done. I have to go back every 6 months for check ups not only on my face, but all over.

    Thanks for posting this. I know others will benefit from it. chris
    1570 days ago
    Thanks for the post and getting the word out there.

    Sunscreen and hats!!!

    1570 days ago
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