A Red Dot Appeared on My Cheek

A coworker mentioned she was going for her annual dermatologist skin check and I realized it had been a year since mine. At my annual physical my primary doctor checked and said everything looked good. But I always have gone at least every couple of years to a dermatologist and 5 months after my physical I had noticed a red dot which I used a cover up make up on along with my nose and cheeks as they are reddish . So as reminded by co-worker, I made my appt and after being checked over I asked about my spot on my face. She looked and took a biopsy, came back basal. I saw my coworker the next day and mentioned my diagnosis and she showed me a long scar on her leg…. melanoma and also she had a lymph node removed. I’ll be setting my Mohs surgery date today and both of us are fortunate that we see our dermatologist regularly. I am 63 and this is my first cancer, she is in her 40’s and her first also.

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  • suedt author
    3 months ago

    I had my Mohs surgery today and it was painless and although I had to go back for a second time everything went well. I see the plastic surgeon tomorrow and the spot today is @ 1/2 inch so I’m looking forward to seeing what the plastic surgeon’s repair will be like.

    The plastic surgery went well and aside for the bruising , causing curious looks when I went grocery shopping the next day , I have felt great, no pain at all. I have only waterproof steri strips as a bandage so I can shower. I can tell that I have a 2 inch scar, which will be revealed in 4 more days when stitches are removed. I am relieved that my cancer is gone and although I may develop more in the future, I am not afraid of the whole process at all. Regular skin checks and treatment are key.

  • Nina M moderator
    2 months ago

    I am so glad this chapter is at an end, @suedt. It really sounds like you’re well armed with a determined outlook. Exactly right, checks and early, careful treatment! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

  • suedt author
    3 months ago

    I had my Mohs surgery today and it was painless and although I had to go back for a second time everything went well. I see the plastic surgeon tomorrow and the spot today is @ 1/2 inch so I’m looking forward to seeing what the plastic surgeon’s repair will be like.

  • Nina M moderator
    3 months ago

    Thank you for this update, @suedt! We’ve heard that it can make a huge difference to use a plastic surgeon, so I hope it will be useful for you. I’m very glad your surgery went well both times. I hope you’ll let us know how the plastic surgeon goes too! – Nina, SkinCancer.net Team

  • Anthony moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi @suedt – I am so glad your coworkers appointment prompted you to schedule one! How have you been feeling since? Thanks for sharing! -Anthony (SkinCancer.net Team Member)

  • suedt author
    5 months ago

    Hi, I just met with the plastic surgeon and will schedule my Mohs surgery with my dermatologist on a date that coordinates with the plastic surgeon , either end of September or end of October. Actually looking forward to it all being done and not worried about it .

  • Anthony moderator
    5 months ago

    Glad to hear you are not worried. Let us know how everything goes! Thanks for sharing with the community 🙂 Best, Anthony (SkinCancer.net Team Member)

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