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Basal Cell Carcinoma

jeepmo
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2004

Hi out there! I'm a 35 year old female who's had 4 basal cells removed so far. The first one was over 15 years ago, on my arm, and the last 3 were by my ear. I had the Mohs Technique to have it removed and am happy with the cosmetic result, yet I am just curious as to anyone else's experiences. I'm concerned that the last 3 recurred so close together, within months of each other. I know Basal cell is the "best" sort of cancer to get, regarding a cure rate and it's tendency to stay put and just cause local damage.. yet when, if at all, should I be more concerned? And besides the signs for other skin changes, are there other health factors I should be alert for?

While I am pale and freckled, of celtic descent (which are risk factors) I have not had blistering sunburns as a child, never did the tanning salons OR even sunbathed much then or now. I don't work with chemicals, don't have a family history of it, don't work outdoors, etc. So while I know that anyone can get it, it's just disconcerting to realize how much we are all at risk for it.
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Good thoughts and wishes to all those out there.

Cole41
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2004

Hi,
I have found a DNA skin repair cream that has been very helpful to a number of folks.I use it everyday.If you'd like more info on it e-mail me atedevey@aol.com
Thanks
Colleen

LindaGM
Posts: 1
Joined: Sep 2004

Hi, I am a 56 year old female. Sorry jeepmo,I really wish I could give you answers, but all I can give you is what I have experienced. I have had skin cancer on my nose off & on for approx 10yrs now - it just keeps reoccuring. I have had freezing, mohs surgery (4.5hrs awake), 6wks radiation therapy, & my last treatment was Kemo Cream therapy and it still has come back. When I saw my doctor (a plastic surgeon) with the cancer clinic, he told me I would have to have a total nose reconstruction done as there was no skin left to sew together if I had another operation. When I had the Mohs (sp?) operation, they had to take some skin from behind my ear to close up the wound. I certainly wish you luck and hope it never comes back again.

jeepmo
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2004

Holy cow! 4.5 hours!! Thankfully mine was only about 2 hours and that's including the doc going out, checking the stuff, coming back, so was only down to like, 4 sections I think. I can only imagine the pain of it being done to your nose, more so the recovery. I had the freezing for the one on my arm ages ago when I was 19 and then this ear one cropped up two years ago and just keeps popping up. Luckily though it's still pretty unnoticeable. How was the radiation therapy or the Kemo Cream? I wish you luck too and hope it never comes back for you either! Sorry for the delay in replying!

michelle4193
Posts: 1
Joined: Dec 2004

Hey I'm so glad to find somebody my age who has the same thing. i'm 38 and have had 37 places removed I too have had the Mohs treatment more recently i've been given "aldara" which comes with a horrible cycle of blistering,scabing then finally the peeling away of the cancer skin, to me it's a godsend if i can get through the 5 weeks of uncomfortableness like a cigerette burn but there is no scaring and no visable signs of the cancer. i have had 32 surgerys to remove the tumors under neath my skin. I've always thought its not going to kill me but it could lead to more cancer somewhere esle. How are you doing now ? any more more spots?do you feel like theres no light at the end of this tunnel that i can't seems to get a hold on Please respond back I'd love to talk more

jeepmo
Posts: 4
Joined: Feb 2004

Hi Michelle! Sorry I didn't get these replies, I had kept checking back and saw nothing then suddenly WHAMO! A cool bunch of replies! HA! I'd love to chat more too. So far I'm doing good, but there's another spot by my other ear they are considering now (which I told them about ages ago but of course it wasn't anything THEN, now it is, UGH!!) As I understand it more and more younger people are getting it, the standard was for people over 60 or 70 now we're getting it in our 50s and 30s more. And more women apparently. They mentioned the Aldera to me but then said it'd be better for the Mohs but I too worry about how much more skin they can sew back once they start cutting down further and further. And while I'm pretty laid back I also get nervous about possible other cancers...wow, I can't beleive you had 37 places removed, that must be maddening. I'm also curious as to why the doctors claim that each of the basal cells by my one ear are "seperate" occurrences... I mean, I would think it would be recurring...but guess that might throw off their stats on the effectiveness of the Mohs surgery..I feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel but that the light from it might cause more skin cancer. (bad shot at humor there) I mean, I start thinking, which I know is not right, well, why DON"T I just leave it to grow bigger and then get it out in a few years times, rather then getting a nip here, a snip there, a slice here, and it comes down to the same effect, a big map of scars over the body.

LoriLynne
Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 2005

Just diagnosed and have had 8 places removed and all were positive and I will be starting on the Aldara cream in about 2 more weeks (when school starts). I wanted to be able to spend some time with my 3 year old outside before he starts preschool. I am sorry to hear about all of your places removed. I have a feeling I will be right behing you! I have blonde hair/blue eyes/fair(WHITE!) and always thought I could get a tan. Have done the tanning beds (about 8 years ago) and I have finally realized the damage I have done all these years. I am soooooooo mad at myself. The price to pay for vanity -- I wish it was "in" to be fair-skinned. It's amazing to me how many people still tan and just fry their skin. Anyway, I dread the Aldera cream. I am so glad to know you are "out there" Good luck to you and write if you'd like. I would love to stay in touch with someone that is going through the same thing. Lori

Luke15_7
Posts: 3
Joined: Jan 2005

I agree, jeepmo, I also never spent much time in the sun, and I life in a northern state where BCC doesn't occur much. I can't say how shocked I was with my diagnosis. When I told my kids, the first words out of my pre-teens mouth were "Does that mean I can't wear a bikini anymore?" The answer now is "yes".

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