Get Talking: Skin Cancer Surgery on Your Face

Being diagnosed with skin cancer on one's face and scalp brings particular fears and anxieties. Hearing that you need skin cancer surgery on your face can be downright terrifying. Will it change the way I look or be disfiguring? What will the pain be like, and will it require a graft? The questions come rushing in.

We're talking about treatment on the face, and sharing some tips for connecting with others who've been there...

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Have you had skin cancer in any of the following places (select all that apply)?


Many members have expressed being nervous about treatment on the nose, and asked what they can expect. For example, RockinRonda talked about her nerves going into treatment for squamous cell on her nose here. Want to discuss tips and hear from others? See our Q&A:
Read and answer our Q&A on treatment on the nose!


Surgery on the scalp brings up a lot of questions. Several community members have asked about various aspects of scalp surgery and diagnosis on the scalp. Click on the questions below to answer and hear what others have said:

Check out Rachel Tapley's story about being diagnosed with melanoma on her scalp:
My Melanoma Nightmare Part One: A Bump on My Head


The forehead is such a visible place, and this can make surgery and scars there even more nerve-wracking, not to mention how close it is to one's brain and eyes. DeeDee asked about having headaches after her forehead surgery here. Have any general tips to share? Join in our forum:
Treatment Forum: Forehead & Scalp

Eye area

Skin cancer can be lurking pretty much anywhere, including the eyelid and eye area. Ronni talked about her eyelid surgery here. Renee also experienced treatment near her eye. She shares her story of Mohs under the eyebrow here. Got thoughts on treatment near the eye? Share in our Q&A:
How will surgery near the eye affect me?

Near lips and mouth

Surgery near one's mouth and lips can cause concern around disfigurement and even problems eating. One community member described the hole that Mohs left, and worry about a second surgery here. In Ronni's case, it went fairly well, as she describes in her story here.

When possible, many people opt for cryosurgery or topical chemo. Hear April discuss her cryosurgery journey:
My Little White Spots: Cryosurgery Reflections

Finding problem spots

While some of these places may be more obvious, the scalp and other hidden areas can be harder to check. Never be afraid to ask for a more thorough skin check and bring up concerning spots with your doctor! You can learn more about asking your derm for a more in-depth check here in our Q&A.

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