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  • I have this spot on my head it won’t go away does it look like cancer? Msg me to see

    I went to dermatologist for a sore that didn't heal on my forehead. Biopsy came back basal cell. He did a complete body scan and found another on my scalp. Biopsy also came back basal cell. I have Mohs scheduled for 9-11-19. I am totally scared that my scalp since it is old will be deep and massive on the outside it is maybe 1/2 inch.. He told me the scalp one has been there for a long while. If it was aggressive or deep would the biopsy have told him that? I had to wait a month for Mohs they are So busy. Thanks

    Share your tips, tricks, and challenges for dealing with topical chemotherapy. Connect with others who've used Efudex (Fluorouracil) or other topical chemos.

    A place to discuss squamous cell carcinoma treatment, including but not limited to surgery.

    My profile picture shows a mark on my skin along with an under skin lump.

    Last week I found a greyish/purple freckle that was not there a month ago. Its roughly about 6mm in size and in a place that does not get sun. I am getting it removed and tested this week. My doctor said she is not highly concerned but because of the size and the fact that it popped up within a month she wants to test it to make sure. I am just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.

    I am scheduled to have an excision of a BCC on my shin in about a month. This is my 3rd BCC, so I know what to expect with the excision. At least I think I do. :-) My first two BCCs were on my face and shoulder. I had Mohs surgery on my face and an excision on my shoulder, both of which went well and the scars have healed nicely. I'm a little more concerned about this third one though, mostly as to the recovery. The BCC on my shin has been there for several years and is larger than the others I've had. The dermatologist and I both thought it was just a scar. Finally this year I noticed that it had changed and had it biopsied just in case. It was just a shave biopsy, no stitches, but it still took a really long time to heal. Much longer than other biopsies I had done at the same time on my face and neck (which were negative - yay!) I know that excisions on lower limbs can be slower to heal, and I'm guessing this one will be a doozy. I'm also worried that just flexing my ankle while walking could pull on the stitches. I know I'll have to stay out of the gym for 2 weeks until the stitches are out, (plus I'm annoyed that spring should be arriving here in Kansas right about the time I'm supposed to limit my activity), but I can live with that. :-) If anyone has thoughts about wound healing on a lower leg that they'd like to share, I'd love to hear them! Thanks, Christy

    Hi, I am hoping there is someone I can talk with as I am trying not to show my worries to my family. I go to the bathroom to cry which is pretty often. I blame myself that I got into this mess. About one month after I gave birth (I was 41 years old) a tiny mole appeared on the side of my knee about 2-3mm, I noticed it because I virtually have no moles, maybe a handfull of what you might call freckles here and there. I thought it was just post pregnancy moles, because I also got skin tags and lots of cherry angiomas as well. Three years on, this mole never went away, I never found it suspicious because I am quite uneducated with regards to moles and melanomas since I never had any moles to begin with. About a month ago I read up on mole melanoma and looked closer at my one mole. I became concerned because I had spent most of my youth in the sun unprotected. I am a dark haired but have light coloured mediterranean skin that does not burn so easily. I can probably sit in the sun for a good 30-40mins before I start to burn and even then, by the evening it will just turn to a tan colour. But as a young adult I have to admit I pushed my boundaries and have burnt myself several times. I blame my stupidity and ignorance now and hate myself for it. So a few days ago I visited the dermatologist, while the mole never grew or bothered me, it caused serious visual concerns to the dr, who had it immediately removed and sent for a biopsy. She told me she doesn't think its melanoma but really, how does she know this? I have to wait 12 days for the biopsy results and I don't know how I can last until then. I am an emotional mess, I don't know how to cope. Every research I have done points to the fact that most likely its cancer and probably spread since I allowed it for years to sit on my legs it had a good chance to spread in my body. I don't except anyone to diagnose me on this forum, just someone to talk to because I can't do it with my family. I just feel that while most people have regular moles removed my situation is different because I never had moles, but because of sun damage and this unique one popping up after the age of 40, so it must be cancer.

    I'm reposting this since I got no response, but the other day I was in the bathroom and examining myself in the mirror as I do on occasion and noticed a freckle on my mid back that caught me off guard until I realized it had always been there upon looking at some shirtless pictures I took in the mirror years ago that show my back. I did the ABCDE “test” and the only one that checks off so far is C, because the edge of the freckle is a bit darker than the rest. My mother looked at it and said it was nothing but she’d say that if I had an eye hanging out of my socket, and I sent a picture of it to my dad and he said it just looked like a freckle. Should I be worried or am I being a total hypochondriac? (which I have a long history of being). You can see the spot in my display picture, and I know I should see a doctor either way, but can somebody tell me what they think? I swear if it wasn’t for that tiny little edge being slightly darker I wouldn’t have even thought twice because as I said, it’s smaller than a pencil eraser and has been for years. I'd also like to add that I don't go out much. I hate the beach, I hate the pool, I over all hate the sun and I'm literally two pointy teeth away from being a vampire, or does that not matter?

    Today I was in the bathroom and examining myself in the mirror as I do on occasion and noticed a freckle on my mid back that caught me off guard until I realized it had always been there upon looking at some shirtless pictures I took in the mirror years ago that show my back. I did the ABCDE "test" and the only one that checks off so far is C, because the edge of the freckle is a bit darker than the rest. My mother looked at it and said it was nothing but she'd say that if I had an eye hanging out of my socket, and I sent a picture of it to my dad and he said it just looked like a freckle. Should I be worried or am I being a total hypochondriac? (which I have a long history of being). You can see the spot in my display picture, and I know I should see a doctor either way, but can somebody tell me what they think? I swear of it wasn't for that tiny little edge being slightly darker I wouldn't have even thought twice because as I said, it's smaller than a pencil eraser and has been for years.

    We're excited to meet each and every member of the SkinCancer.net community - and that includes you! Tell us a little bit about why you're here - What type of skin cancer are you dealing with? How old were you when you were diagnosed? What brings you to our site?

    I am just wondering if anyone has not had their melanoma come back. It was in my lymph node and I am on edge if/when it’s going to come back. My doctor gives me the oh it might come back it might not we don’t know. I was just looking for a ballpark are we talking a 10% or a 90% chance of it returning. I just wanted to hear from people if it didn’t come back or is that a rarity.

    Nervous about a new treatment and the scars it might leave? Struggling with scars from past treatments? Share your thoughts on skin cancer scars in this forum!

    Share your experiences and questions about ocular melanoma. As always, keep in mind our community rules when posting!

    What should one expect with treatment on their forehead and scalp. Will there be tightness, pain, or numbness? Share your knowledge and hear what others are saying in the forum below.

    Sun isn't the only challenge for those living with skin cancer but it does pose its own set of issues and hurdles and those tend to grow during the summer months when so many social activities are centered around sun-filled activities. How do you handle the extra sun during the summer months? What tips do you have for those who are new to skin cancer and facing months of sun? How do your behaviors change - and how have they not?

    I just want to put out there since I have been diagnosed all I tend to read online is doom and gloom. I appreciate reading what other people are going through (real life) and this website has helped me immensely. Keep up the great work people!

    Hi 2 months ago, my back was itchy, when I scratched it, I realized I was bleeding. I then found out I had 2 dark brown spots. Saw my doctor the next day who said it looked like age spots but referred me to a dermatologist to get them looked at. I saw him 2 weeks later, by then I also had a red spot. He did biopsies then called me within a few days saying they are all BCC. He said he would send me to a plastic surgeon to have them removed. All he said was I would require stitches. I am seeing the plastic surgeon tomorrow. I’m a little nervous not really knowing what to expect. I’m not sure if he’ll actually be removing them tomorrow.

    Hi, this is my first post on this forum. I have, in the past (5-6 years ago) had pre-cancerous spots on my face and chest. I have had: 5-FU for many months; cryo-therapy for a few areas as well as PhotoDynamic Therapy on both the face and the chest. Now, I have 3-4 places on my face (and chest, several) that I am pretty sure, more severe than what I previously had therapy on. One is located just above and on my upper lip line, one area a little larger than a pencil eraser on my cheek and one on my lower face about an inch from my jawline. The lip area appeared within the last year, but has gotten to the point of being extremely scaley, always red and pretty painful when touched. The cheek is always always red, rough to the touch and somewhat painful to the touch. The area near my jawline is a dark freckle, flat and smooth, but now developing a red 'ring' around it, but not scaley or rough. They have me super concerned. I have an appt set for this Thursday with the PA at a new dermatologist as I asked for the first available appt with any of the doctors. I am unable to go back to my original derm as he is located in Indiana and I have since moved to Florida. I do work at a world recognized cancer center and the facility where I am going is with USF Medical, a partner and collaborator with the cancer center. Can anybody give me any ideas of possible treatment they may suggest since I have already had 3 different types of treatment already? The 5-FU and the PDT treated the entire face and chest (an experience in and of itself). I am super concerned and very apprehensive. Thoughts or suggestions please! Thank you in advance!

    Has anyone been told they have an aggressive Basel cell he said it went into the fat layer, and dummy me should of asked more questions .waiting on biopsy for Basel cell and squamous cell didn't get it all the first time.
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