Jan 06, 2005 - 10:35 pm
I'm a nearly 40-year old male in Washington State that was recently diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. It's on my forehead above my left eyebrow, and had been there for far too long (I thought it was just a pimple that hadn't healed correctly), so it's also deep. I'll be having MOHS surgery in 3 weeks, and since I'm told I need to be very careful over the next 5 years, I'm taking every precaution to avoid UV exposure (even though I never was much for being in the sun). Most of my clothes have been treated with Rit Sun Guard, I wear gloves and a wide-brimmed hat while outside, and put UVA & UVB SPF-45 on my face if I'm outside for longer than 30 minutes.
My question is: am I overreacting? My concern is that just because I got BCC this time that I might get another form of skin cancer next time, maybe something not so "easy".
Thanks for reading, I look forward to your opinions.