Nov 09, 2008 - 9:41 pm
I'm hoping someone here will be able to help me out, and I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong forum.
My uncle currently has basal cell carcinoma; he has had 3 of them previously which were removed, but according to him, the doctors cut too deep and the biposied areas hurt too much while healing, and he doesn't want to go through that again. Both I and my aunt have been begging him to get treated - I told her to tell him that the pain from a biopsy isn't nearly as bad as the pain from cancer will be if he keeps ignoring it. Both his mother and twin brother have had basal cell carcinomas, and they're perfectly healthy now, so he thinks that he will have the same prognosis. He's under the impression that basal cell is a "harmless" cancer and doesn't really seem to accept that it's still malignant and still has the potential to metastisize if left untreated.
I'm not sure exactly how long he's had this current BCC, but I know it's been there for quite some time. May be months, may be years ... does anyone have ANY suggestions about how to make it click for him that he HAS to see a doctor and get treatment ASAP?