May 17, 2002 - 9:10 pm
I'm 47 years old with blond hair, fair skin, and lots of moles (both large and small) all over my body. Three weeks ago a scaly spot on my neck was diagnosed as squamous cell carinoma. Since then I have had the spot excised and the lab report said that the margins around the cancer were clear. According to the surgeon who removed the cancer from my neck, I could consider myself "cured." However, I asked for a second opinion from a dermatologist who found another spot (in addition to the first spot) that was excised and sent out to a lab for a biopsy report.
My concern is that the dermatologist mentioned that because I already have had squamous cell carcinoma there is a higher chance that I might have squamous cell carcinoma in the future. Has anyone out there had experience with this type of cancer returning? It would be very helpful to me to hear how others have dealt with skin cancer.
I'm very concerned that I might miss noticing any unusual and potentially cancerous spots on my skin. Cancer seems to run in my family -- both of my grandmothers died of brain tumors (one grandmother had several skin lesions removed from her face) and my mother just died of primary liver cancer. Thanks for any thoughts or info that any of you might have about squamous cell carcinoma -