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Could this be skin cancer? Extremely worried.. (pending dermatologist appointment)

Hey everyone, i apologize in advance if this is not the right place to look for advice, but here i go:

recently i've been informing myself to know better about the dangers and signs of skin cancer, i've had moles all over my body as long as i can remember and i've been to a dermatologist in the past to check some of them, all turned out to be benign even if oddly shaped or big in size.

Only recently i realized how suspicious this mole like shape looks on my face, it's been there over a year and with recent knowledge about the signs of skin cancer, especially basal cell carcinoma, i'm extremely fearful i might have it and that i've been ignoring it for far too long. Since its right on my face (on my cheek), i am devastated to think what kind of a disfigurement i might have if my fears are going to be confirmed and an operation will be needed, but i wont be able to see a dermatologist anytime soon, only in a few weeks. Could anyone perhaps share their experiances if they had something similar to my lesion? Any advice and comfort is greatly appreaciated, i dont know what to do to calm myself down till ill be able to see a dermatologist 🙁

for more context, i'm a 24 year old female, had numerous skin problems all my life, ranging from acne to seborrheic dermatitis, not to mention numerous scars that already cause a great deal of insecurity.

Thank you so much for any help or comfort!

  1. I am so sorry you are having to deal with the stress of wondering if this spot is skin cancer. I do think you are definitely on the right track to taking the best possible care of you body by doing self checks and staying informed. That's something to be very proud of!

    While we aren't doctors and cannot diagnose, we can share our own experiences. I have had three basal cell carcinomas, and I can tell you mine looked very different from what I see pictured. Mine were all very small flakes of skin that remained dry and would not go away. Basal cell can take many forms, and it would be worthwhile seeing a dermatologist even if you have to wait a few weeks. Something to keep in mind--some general practicioners will do skin biopsies. I have had several over the years at my family doctor's office when I couldn't see my dermatologist right away.

    I know it is easy for me to say not to worry, but that really is the best thing you can do right now. Try to concentrate on the positives around you. Rest a little easier knowing you are being proactive and staying on top of things. It's wonderful that you are taking pictures to document spots and any changes. You really are ahead of the game!

    I am including a couple of articles that might come in handy as you wait to see a dermatologist. Please know you are not alone in this journey! We are here for you!

    Lots of hugs! April,, Moderator

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