Jun 01, 2010 - 9:50 pm
I'm new to this board. I had Mohs surgery to remove two BCCs on my face about a month ago. The spots had appeared years apart (one over a decade ago, the other five years ago) but I had them diagnosed at the same time. I was really scared to have the surgery, because I had let the problem go so long and thought I would wind up badly disfigured (surfing the net at times like these can be educational, but it can also make you crazy; I read stories about people losing their entire noses), but my scars aren't bad at all. The problem is that I've read all these statistics about the likelihood of developing new skin cancers after treatment, and I'm afraid that I have a lifetime of skin cancer to look forward to. Has anyone out there made it through with minimal occurrences (like one or two)? For those who have had many, how have you made it through? And for everyone, how do you manage the fear and get on with your lives? I'm only 31, and hope to have many years ahead of me, but not years wasted driving myself nuts over what may or may not happen. Peace and respect to all of you who have shared your experiences here.