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New BCC diagnois

julie10
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Joined: Aug 2010

I had a questionable nodule biopsed on my chest and came back BCC..today had another scrapped also..awaiting results. Scheduled for mohs in 2 days. I know they say this type is very curable but I cant help being petrified. I know they say it rarely spreads, but how do you not worry. I cant believe this, am still in shock. People say its not a big deal, but it is cancer and I am really freaking out...please help!

washoegal
Posts: 45
Joined: May 2010

If you have done your homework on BCC you already have the information. It is extremely rare for BCC to be anything but superficial. What it does tell you is that you have done sun damage to your skin and you need to start being vigilant with both screenings by a dermatologist and using sun block. Take this for what it is, a warning sign.

Good luck.

Mary
Stage 3 MM

julie10
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Joined: Aug 2010

Thank you, Mary for your post. I know, I grew up in SO CAL in the time when it was unheard of to use sunscreen. I have had numerous moles removed, my earliest in the first grade, this is the first time there has been maligancy. I have questioned this lesion for quite some time, and as my md said it did not present itself as bcc. Only recently I noticed it oozing and did not remember hitting it. Previously any mole that I had accidently cut, bleed like crazy not oozed. It was a red flag. I have always been vigialant watching my moles, unfortunatley, this one slipped by me and my dr. I have been sent to dermotologist/oncologist now and you can bet, I will be even more vigilant, and trust my own judgement better

Thank you for the wishes...happy thoughts

Julie

liveagain
Posts: 15
Joined: Jun 2010

Julie,
As already mentioned bcc is typically localized and tends not to spread. Since you have had bcc you need to be checked regularity for new bcc's. I am one of the rare cases where it metastasized from a lesson removed 11 years ago. Most likely you will never have that problem just keep getting checked since you already have sun damage. We all understand and hope you do not need to go through this again.

julie10
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2010

Thank you so much for your support. I am so sorry to hear that your bcc did metastasize. That is the fear that I have, my life story is I tend to get the "weird" stuff. My thoughts and prayers are with you "liveagain" hoping you will be cured soon.

liveagain
Posts: 15
Joined: Jun 2010

Thanks, I am 14 months post treatment (surgeries,radiation,chemo) and clean at last check. Have more scans late September but staying positive and praying it stays clean!

julie10
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2010

Thank you so much for all of your feedback...I have been so lucky. I went for the MOHs surgery yesterday, scared, not knowing what to expect. I met such nice people in the dr office. People that have been through this numerous times. Talking to them reassured me and made me realize, truly the sun plays a cruel game with us!! By the time they took me back to the room to commence the surgery, I was somewhat relieved, tho my blood pressure did not believe that. When the dr came in he looked over the papers and then the area where the lesion had been removed, then, shockingly told me that he did not believe I needed the surgery, that my physician had removed a wide enough biopsy that he felt the margins were good. He is requesting the biopsy slides to confirm himself that no errors were made in the pathology report. So I will re visit him in 2 weeks to make sure that the path report was correct stating margins, and then he will also do an overall skin exam.. I have been blessed so far and am thankful that I can be a "hypocondreact" !! I am so fortunate.. Thank you all for your understanding and advice during this trying time! From this day forward, it is sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!! I pray for all of you that good news will come your way also!! Thank you again!

Good Health to all!

Julie

liveagain
Posts: 15
Joined: Jun 2010

That is great news, I am happy for you!

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