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carcinoma is an ugly word


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I have a small skin tumor, fairly common. It's this:

www.skincancer.org/skin-
cancer-information/basal-c
ell-carcinoma


What's weird is that I went to the doctor about something else and he spotted this small red spot that I never even considered as anything worth checking. Just a small, boring red spot, about the diameter of a chickpea. Just goes to show that you never know what's going to cause you trouble. It's treatable, at least 90% of the time. I'll go with those odds.

I always thought that skin cancer is something that happens to other people, not me. I guess this time the other person is me.

I just found out a few hours ago and am trying to process it, I'm not crying, I'm not particularly upset, maybe I should be? I guess I'm sort of surprised right now.

Spark friends, next time you see anything different on your skin, get it checked,just in case.
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CLAIREINPARIS 3/5/2014 6:24AM

    Ugly word indeed, and I am very sorry for the shock and the worry it causes you... but so glad your doctor noticed there was something wrong! Thinking of you! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 2/27/2014 10:46PM

    Prayers go out to you. You are Strong Sarah and will do your bravest.

One word of of advice that will seem silly, But...I have a malignancy cut out decades ago the size of an eraser. Now I am aged and forgetful and can't remember where. So do keep a history of your health for your old age...

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SLIMBOT 2/27/2014 7:55PM

  WOW. So glad your doctor is on the ball. Thinking about you, sending lots of positive thoughts.

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LULUBELLE65 2/26/2014 4:36PM

    I'm glad your doctor caught it early!

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DR1939 2/26/2014 1:54PM

    Just a little piece of information. Once it is removed basal cell and squamous cell are more likely to reoccur in the same area, often under the scar. So keep a watch on anything that happens around that scar. I just had a reoccurrence that was almost all under the scar with just a small area that did not look like the pictures of BCCs. When I finally had it removed it was so deep under the scar that I had a hole in my nose and a crater in the cheek next to it. I had to have reconstructive surgery. All-in-all not a pleasant experience. These reoccurrences also are more likely to be squamous cell which sometimes spread. Luckily I have no problems there.

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LPRUNWALK 2/26/2014 10:56AM

    Thank goodness you went in. Life is so strange, isn't it?? One minute you're focusing on the mundane stuff of daily living and the next minute you're told you have a potentially serious medical condition. You sound like you're handling the news very well, and it's wonderful that you're already using your own experience to spread the word and remind others to get themselves checked. I know at least a dozen people who have dealt with carcinoma (including my mom) and all of them have done really well with early detection and treatment. As you point out, the odds of being treated successfully are excellent, and with all of the good things you're doing for yourself on the diet and exercise front, I feel sure that you have raised those stats closer to 100%. Please keep us all in the loop and draw on your Sparkfriends for support whenever it's needed!!
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SEDONACAT 2/26/2014 9:29AM

    Clicking "like" doesn't mean I like that you have this but it means that I like your encouragement to others to get checked and also for your positive attitude!
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