This is my first post. I was just diagnosed with invasive squamous carcenoma. From what I have read, it is typical in the elderly, and generally associated with too much exposure to sunlight.
The difference in my case is it is located in an area never exoposed to the sun - next to my anus. I know, TMI... sorry. At any rate, my primary care Dr. diagnosed it as a hemorrohoid, and dismissed it. That was two years ago. After not going away, I finally insisted on seeing a surgeon to discuss how to treat. He took one look at it and said "Has anyone spoken with you about this abnormal growth?" It's been all down hill from there. He biopsied and confirmed his initial diagnosis.
Since then, I've begun the gaunlet of gathering the information needed to develop a plan of action. I had a chest x-ray yesterday, and I'm scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
Obviously, I'm very concerned about how long this growth has existed, and the possibility of it spreading. I've also been scaring the heck out of myself on the Internet...
Anyone with a similar experience? Any words of encouragement? I really don't need to hear scary stuff right now - my wife and I are already plenty scared. The waiting is almost too much to bear...