Mar 05, 2014 - 9:02 pm
About two years ago, I noticed, what looked to be skin tags on the outside of my anus. Didn't think anything of them. They didn't hurt and I'd read that tags there do happen. I also started to get itching in the area, which was odd to me but it only happened once in awhile and once I gave it a quick scratch, it would go away. It happened so infrequently that I didn't even consider getting a cream or mentioning to a doctor.
Fast forward to November of last year. I went to a dermatologist about a mole that was about 4 centimetres away from my anus. I'd had it for years and it didn't worry me but I figured I'd get it checked. The derm told me the results came back abnormal and that squamous cell carcinoma does happen in that area. I was so relieved to hear it wasn't melanoma, I didn't even worry about this other thing he mentioned. Until I got home and googled SCC. I grabbed a magnified mirror and a bright light and took a good look down there. I saw a few things that fit SCC. I had to wait 2 months to go to a plastic surgeon (don't know why I was referred to that) the day of my appt, the doctor looked at me and said I needed a General Surgeon.
Luckily I got in to see one 9 days later (today) the doctor is great. Wonderful bedside manner, head of quite a few depts, Chief of Surgery for the entire island I'm on ( it's a big ass island with many hospitals ) He did a DRE and said he was going to put a small scope in me. The whole thing only lasted maybe 2 minutes. I'm not even sure what that scope was. He said he didn't feel anything in there and that it was smooth ( that's a good thing, right?) but he said the "tags" as I thought they were, are not typical and that and the remainder of the mole I had biopsied have to come out. He also said my mole biopsy was consistent with HPV. I had no idea! The derm never told me that.
My surgery is in 4 weeks and I'm scared. I know it's going to be cancer. I don't see how the HPV and the lumps outside my anus and the itching can all be nothing.
What scares me most is that all this was going on for 2 years. I really had no idea it could be anything serious. If I had, then I would have gone in sooner to be checked.
I guess what I'm wondering is how long some of you had symptoms. Guess I'm looking for reassurance that even with the signs being there for so long, it doesn't mean the worst.