Feb 09, 2004 - 7:35 pm
Hi out there! I'm a 35 year old female who's had 4 basal cells removed so far. The first one was over 15 years ago, on my arm, and the last 3 were by my ear. I had the Mohs Technique to have it removed and am happy with the cosmetic result, yet I am just curious as to anyone else's experiences. I'm concerned that the last 3 recurred so close together, within months of each other. I know Basal cell is the "best" sort of cancer to get, regarding a cure rate and it's tendency to stay put and just cause local damage.. yet when, if at all, should I be more concerned? And besides the signs for other skin changes, are there other health factors I should be alert for?
While I am pale and freckled, of celtic descent (which are risk factors) I have not had blistering sunburns as a child, never did the tanning salons OR even sunbathed much then or now. I don't work with chemicals, don't have a family history of it, don't work outdoors, etc. So while I know that anyone can get it, it's just disconcerting to realize how much we are all at risk for it.