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bec
October 18th, 2013, 12:16 AM
Yep...sort of. I had a basal cell cancer on my nose and it was cut out today. The bandage on my nose is so big I look like bozo the clown. I plan on posting pics next week of the actual incision so that people will understand the importance of protecting themselves from the sun and to avoid tanning beds. I never thought I'd get skin cancer because it is not something that runs in my family, I don't have blue/gray eyes, I am dark complected and have always tanned easily and rarely burn at all. I caught it early, but they still had to take a good piece out of my nose. I have confidence that it will heal up nicely. I went to one of the best MOHS surgeons around the area.

Kelly F
October 18th, 2013, 12:25 AM
heal quickly and easily! My Dad had some on his back, and he was rarely outside with his shirt off as long as I have known him.

K. McEuen
October 18th, 2013, 12:34 AM
Oh no! I'd be cross-eyed with that on my nose. Hopefully you heal quickly.

I had a plastic surgeon tell me to apply bacitracin ointment twice daily for a couple weeks to the scar my daughter got on her chin when she was a baby (he stitched her up) and that would help lessen the scar and it really did. You can barely see it now.

Lisapc
October 18th, 2013, 12:36 AM
You are still beautiful even with that bandage. I hope you heal quickly!

auntiemern
October 18th, 2013, 12:36 AM
Prayers for a speedy recovery, and a very small scar. Glad you caught it early.

bec
October 18th, 2013, 12:38 AM
Oh no! I'd be cross-eyed with that on my nose. Hopefully you heal quickly.

I had a plastic surgeon tell me to apply bacitracin ointment twice daily for a couple weeks to the scar my daughter got on her chin when she was a baby (he stitched her up) and that would help lessen the scar and it really did. You can barely see it now.

I have to keep this bandage on for two days and not get it wet. Then I can take it off and only need to put a bandaid on it when I'm out around people. I guess to protect it from germs.

Musical_Starling
October 18th, 2013, 01:04 AM
I'm with Karen, I'd totally be cross-eyed! lol Prayers for quick healing and an invisible scar ;)

ksap
October 18th, 2013, 01:11 AM
You just gave me a preview of what to expect on when I have basal cell carcinoma removed from the end of my nose on 11/4. Yikes, I tend to feel claustrophobic very easily and I have a feeling a bandage that size is going to make me feel like I can't breathe which will then make me feel claustrophobic. UGH! It could be worse and we could be dealing with melanoma and for that I am very thankful. Does your nose hurt??

Gayle8675309
October 18th, 2013, 01:13 AM
Oh that looks like it hurts! I hope that you heal quickly!

Kgrammiecaz
October 18th, 2013, 01:18 AM
Heal quickly. And you look adorable. Glad you are telling your story

bec
October 18th, 2013, 01:21 AM
You just gave me a preview of what to expect on when I have basal cell carcinoma removed from the end of my nose on 11/4. Yikes, I tend to feel claustrophobic very easily and I have a feeling a bandage that size is going to make me feel like I can't breathe which will then make me feel claustrophobic. UGH! It could be worse and we could be dealing with melanoma and for that I am very thankful. Does your nose hurt??

You're right...it could be worse...a lot worse. I tend to be claustrophobic, too, but the bandage isn't that bad and it's only for a couple of days. You'll be fine. I'm just thankful that I noticed it early.

K. McEuen
October 18th, 2013, 01:27 AM
I have to keep this bandage on for two days and not get it wet. Then I can take it off and only need to put a bandaid on it when I'm out around people. I guess to protect it from germs.

If you got that bandage wet I'm not sure your neck is strong enough to hold all the water weight up!

ksap
October 18th, 2013, 01:35 AM
You're right...it could be worse...a lot worse. I tend to be claustrophobic, too, but the bandage isn't that bad and it's only for a couple of days. You'll be fine. I'm just thankful that I noticed it early.

Unfortunately, mine has been on my nose for over a year because my former dermatologist told me it was nothing. I wasn't happy with him for a few reasons so luckily I switched the whole family over to someone new. The new Dr took one look at it and said "it's coming off for sure because I think it may be basal cell." Hopefully it will all be ok. Thanks for letting me know that you aren't having problems with claustrophobia, that is reassuring.

easyquilts
October 18th, 2013, 01:56 AM
I hope you don't have to wear that bandage long... My, goodness.... Heal quickly..

Andrea F
October 18th, 2013, 03:40 AM
Hope youŽll heal quickly and glad it was caught early! That bandage would drive me nuts.

Sheena
October 18th, 2013, 03:51 AM
Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm sure that bandage is just SO annoying. I hope you heal quickly.

bkthomas
October 18th, 2013, 04:00 AM
Prayers for you Bec......

bec
October 18th, 2013, 12:29 PM
Unfortunately, mine has been on my nose for over a year because my former dermatologist told me it was nothing. I wasn't happy with him for a few reasons so luckily I switched the whole family over to someone new. The new Dr took one look at it and said "it's coming off for sure because I think it may be basal cell." Hopefully it will all be ok. Thanks for letting me know that you aren't having problems with claustrophobia, that is reassuring.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is a very slow growing cancer and it stays localized. In other words, it's not going to spread to other parts of your body. It can be disfiguring if it's let go for a long period, though. The first time I noticed mine was about a year ago, but I didn't realize what it was. It started out as just a pore that started bleeding. If you've only had it a year, it shouldn't be too big. I'll be praying that your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. Hugs.

MRoy
October 18th, 2013, 12:59 PM
Hope you have a speedy recovery. I bet you'll be glad to lose the Bozo bandage.

Grandma G
October 18th, 2013, 01:25 PM
Yep...sort of. I had a basal cell cancer on my nose and it was cut out today. The bandage on my nose is so big I look like bozo the clown. I plan on posting pics next week of the actual incision so that people will understand the importance of protecting themselves from the sun and to avoid tanning beds. I never thought I'd get skin cancer because it is not something that runs in my family, I don't have blue/gray eyes, I am dark complected and have always tanned easily and rarely burn at all. I caught it early, but they still had to take a good piece out of my nose. I have confidence that it will heal up nicely. I went to one of the best MOHS surgeons around the area.

I recognize that look!! My husband had that same surgery last year. He plays tons of golf and we are thinking that is where his sun exposure occurred. They took quite a chunk out of his nose but you would never know it today. There is just a fine line from the surgery. Really not noticeable at all. I'm betting you have the same great results. The plastic surgeon told him not to use Neosporin once the bandages came off. He recommended Bacitraycin instead. He said he would never recommend Neosporin as a antibacterial ointment, ever. He said it would cause more harm than good.

His dermatologist also told him that spending time in the sun as a child without any sunblock (and who even heard of sunblock 60 plus years ago??) can result in skin cancers years and years down the road.

Glad to know that us behind you!

Terri
October 18th, 2013, 02:30 PM
Thank you so much for your post. Praying for a quick and full recovery.....and a small "battle" scar. :icon_tup:

Your post came at the right time for me, I had a small spot on the middle of my chest that went away and has now come back---bigger. So I am trying to figure out if I need to see a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. I have no idea if it's a skin cancer or "just" sun damaged skin. Back in 1996 or 97.....the primary care doc we had at the time REALLY overreacted to a small spot on my arm that I was just a little concerned about. He sent me straight to a plastic surgeon, told me I may need to have skin/flesh removed about 1 1/2" in diameter and need a skin graft!!! Talk about scaring the mess out of me. Needless to say, when the plastic surgeon saw it...he felt reasonably certain that it was sun damaged skin (I grew up in FL, and had MANY sunburns between the ages of 10 & 18). It did turn out to be sun damaged skin....thank the Lord.

About 3 yrs ago, I found a spot on my outer left calf (same place my younger sister had a basal cell removed about 6 mos earlier & was left with an appx 3" scar). Again mine was "just" sun damaged skin. Now the spot on my chest! :( I also have a spot just above my left knee that needs to be looked at....oh, what to do?!?!?! DH is no help....all he could contribute was that ins co may not pay for a plastic surgeon to remove spot on my chest. I do NOT want to end up with a scar like the one on my calf....that even after 3 yrs (in Dec) is still fairly dark and more than a 1/4" in diameter (all the dermatologist did was numb the area & shave off the spot with a razor blade, then left it to heal on its own). I do not want that on my chest where every one can see it every day! No one looks at my lower leg on a regular basis (not that I know of anyway) but when talking to me they WILL notice an obvious scar on my chest even when wearing the most modest of a V-neck or scoop neck shirt and I don't do turtlenecks! This spot is worrying me :icon_scared: and I need to do something....guess I will take DH's suggestion and talk to my lady friends at church and see what kind of advice they have to offer. I love my husband dearly, but when it comes to medical stuff he is no help whatsoever! :icon_shake: Any ideas or suggestions?? I am pretty fair skinned, have freckles, burn easily....hair is naturally med/dark brown (but is red now :D). I've been told I have a lot of red undertones in my hair, as we have two naturally red headed sons.

bec
October 18th, 2013, 03:15 PM
Thank you so much for your post. Praying for a quick and full recovery.....and a small "battle" scar. :icon_tup:

Your post came at the right time for me, I had a small spot on the middle of my chest that went away and has now come back---bigger. So I am trying to figure out if I need to see a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. I have no idea if it's a skin cancer or "just" sun damaged skin. Back in 1996 or 97.....the primary care doc we had at the time REALLY overreacted to a small spot on my arm that I was just a little concerned about. He sent me straight to a plastic surgeon, told me I may need to have skin/flesh removed about 1 1/2" in diameter and need a skin graft!!! Talk about scaring the mess out of me. Needless to say, when the plastic surgeon saw it...he felt reasonably certain that it was sun damaged skin (I grew up in FL, and had MANY sunburns between the ages of 10 & 18). It did turn out to be sun damaged skin....thank the Lord.

About 3 yrs ago, I found a spot on my outer left calf (same place my younger sister had a basal cell removed about 6 mos earlier & was left with an appx 3" scar). Again mine was "just" sun damaged skin. Now the spot on my chest! :( I also have a spot just above my left knee that needs to be looked at....oh, what to do?!?!?! DH is no help....all he could contribute was that ins co may not pay for a plastic surgeon to remove spot on my chest. I do NOT want to end up with a scar like the one on my calf....that even after 3 yrs (in Dec) is still fairly dark and more than a 1/4" in diameter (all the dermatologist did was numb the area & shave off the spot with a razor blade, then left it to heal on its own). I do not want that on my chest where every one can see it every day! No one looks at my lower leg on a regular basis (not that I know of anyway) but when talking to me they WILL notice an obvious scar on my chest even when wearing the most modest of a V-neck or scoop neck shirt and I don't do turtlenecks! This spot is worrying me :icon_scared: and I need to do something....guess I will take DH's suggestion and talk to my lady friends at church and see what kind of advice they have to offer. I love my husband dearly, but when it comes to medical stuff he is no help whatsoever! :icon_shake: Any ideas or suggestions?? I am pretty fair skinned, have freckles, burn easily....hair is naturally med/dark brown (but is red now :D). I've been told I have a lot of red undertones in my hair, as we have two naturally red headed sons.

I have an insurance that allows me to go directly to a specialist. I went to a dermatologist that has a great reputation. He initially said that it was so small that we could just watch it. (He's very conscientious about leaving scars.) I told him the specifics of how I first noticed it and it's re-occurrence and then showed him a picture from the internet of how it looked when it was in the scab stage. He decided to do the tiniest plug biopsy that he could just to make sure. I'm glad he did. The he sent me to a different dermatologist for the MOHS surgery because of the location of the cell. He wanted Dr. Brown to do it because he is an expert at doing the MOHS surgery and is well known for doing a beautiful job with stitching it up. I have to commend him for admitting that the other doctor would do a better job.

If I were you, I'd go to a specialist if at all possible. Ask around or look at reviews on the internet for doctors in your area. You don't want to put it off if it is cancer. A little scar is better than a big scar. I hope that you find that it is nothing.


Here's a picture from the internet to show what my cancer looked like, but mine wasn't as big and the ridge wasn't as pronounced. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture of mine. Mine was half-way up my nose and just slightly to one side of the ridge of my nose. However, not all basal cell cancers look like this. Google it so you know what to look for.

bec
October 18th, 2013, 03:34 PM
I recognize that look!! My husband had that same surgery last year. He plays tons of golf and we are thinking that is where his sun exposure occurred. They took quite a chunk out of his nose but you would never know it today. There is just a fine line from the surgery. Really not noticeable at all. I'm betting you have the same great results. The plastic surgeon told him not to use Neosporin once the bandages came off. He recommended Bacitraycin instead. He said he would never recommend Neosporin as a antibacterial ointment, ever. He said it would cause more harm than good.

His dermatologist also told him that spending time in the sun as a child without any sunblock (and who even heard of sunblock 60 plus years ago??) can result in skin cancers years and years down the road.

Glad to know that us behind you!


Thanks for the info about Neosporin. We use it quite often around here for wounds. I was told that after the bandage comes off to clean the area with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water every day and to use vaseline on it twice a day.

I'm sure that your dermatologist was correct about sun from years ago causing cancer later in years. I played in the sun constantly as a child and as I grew I still spent most of my time outside...usually cutting grass and doing other outside chores. I did have several years in my early 20's that I laid out at the pool, but I never burned.

I worry about the young people today that use the tanning beds so much. I had a dermatologist tell me years ago that tanning beds were actually worse for you than the sun.

mamaquilt
October 18th, 2013, 07:56 PM
A quick recovery and a good healing to you bec. I had a basal cancer on my nose 2 years ago too. Today you can't even tell anymore where it was. Did you have a skin transplant? Some of the patients that got operated the same day as I, had to have a transplant. But since my nose was big enough, they just sort of pulled it a bit upwards. My basal cell was on the upperpart of my nosebridge.

@Gerri "His dermatologist also told him that spending time in the sun as a child without any sunblock (and who even heard of sunblock 60 plus years ago??) can result in skin cancers years and years down the road. "

My dermatologist told me the same thing. We did have one suncream for all of us when we went to the ocean. But when we went outside playing, my mom never checked if we put on suncream.

Wishing you the best of healing

bec
October 18th, 2013, 10:01 PM
A quick recovery and a good healing to you bec. I had a basal cancer on my nose 2 years ago too. Today you can't even tell anymore where it was. Did you have a skin transplant? Some of the patients that got operated the same day as I, had to have a transplant. But since my nose was big enough, they just sort of pulled it a bit upwards. My basal cell was on the upperpart of my nosebridge.

@Gerri "His dermatologist also told him that spending time in the sun as a child without any sunblock (and who even heard of sunblock 60 plus years ago??) can result in skin cancers years and years down the road. "

My dermatologist told me the same thing. We did have one suncream for all of us when we went to the ocean. But when we went outside playing, my mom never checked if we put on suncream.

Wishing you the best of healing

Thanks Michele. No, I didn't get a skin graft. I just got stitches. I hope it works okay. My nose looks crooked and drawn up on one side just a bit. I sure hope it gets back in shape. With this bandage on it's hard to tell.

bec
October 19th, 2013, 09:16 AM
I want to thank everyone for the prayers and for sharing your experiences. And Karen...you are too funny! Now if I can just get over the ruptured disc! :)

Hugs

Terri
October 19th, 2013, 01:34 PM
Our insurance allows us to go to a specialist directly also....what I am trying to determine is whether to go to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. That is my dilemma.... My "spot" is somewhat raised (you can feel it if you run your finger over it) and has an irregular border, maybe a shade darker than the skin around it.... I'm just really reluctant to go to the same dermatologist I went to almost 3 yrs ago and end up with a big scar for what may turn out to be sun damaged skin. Any scar is better than skin cancer. I guess I am being vain by not wanting a scar any larger than really necessary in the middle of my chest. Again, the spot on my leg is not worrisome as far as the scar goes, it doesn't "look me in the face" each time I look in the mirror and does not draw the attention (positive or negative) of others being at the bottom of my leg. I'm afraid that a really obvious scar in the middle of my chest would draw attention that I don't want. :icon_rolleyes: Will talk with my friends at church tomorrow and get their opinions...dermatologist vs plastic surgeon....


I have an insurance that allows me to go directly to a specialist. I went to a dermatologist that has a great reputation. He initially said that it was so small that we could just watch it. (He's very conscientious about leaving scars.) I told him the specifics of how I first noticed it and it's re-occurrence and then showed him a picture from the internet of how it looked when it was in the scab stage. He decided to do the tiniest plug biopsy that he could just to make sure. I'm glad he did. The he sent me to a different dermatologist for the MOHS surgery because of the location of the cell. He wanted Dr. Brown to do it because he is an expert at doing the MOHS surgery and is well known for doing a beautiful job with stitching it up. I have to commend him for admitting that the other doctor would do a better job.

If I were you, I'd go to a specialist if at all possible. Ask around or look at reviews on the internet for doctors in your area. You don't want to put it off if it is cancer. A little scar is better than a big scar. I hope that you find that it is nothing.


Here's a picture from the internet to show what my cancer looked like, but mine wasn't as big and the ridge wasn't as pronounced. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture of mine. Mine was half-way up my nose and just slightly to one side of the ridge of my nose. However, not all basal cell cancers look like this. Google it so you know what to look for.

yeeehawterri
October 19th, 2013, 10:51 PM
Terri, I'd start with a dermatologist for a biopsy and go from there. I have had squamous cell carcinoma on my face akd arm and we treated my face with Imiquimod cream. I had two large areas on my face, one encompassing my left eyebrow and I was totally freaked about losing my eyebrow. The cream was used daily for I think 3 maybe 4 weeks. I wound up with big scab looking areas, but today there is no cancer and no scar. The imiquimod cream doesn't work for all skin cancers nor does it work for everyone, but just know there are options in many cases.

The not knowing is the worst. Just make the appointment and make your decisions from there. My biggest mistake was looking up all the horror stories before hand.

Bec, I'm so glad you got it taken care of early! You've got such a good attitude about your surgery, sounds like you had a good surgeon and good state of mind. Your bandage reminds me of that movie with Steve Martin where he invented the glasses with the thing attached to the glasses where you could pull them off and everyone went cross eyed who wore them. Lol, that was a hilarious movie.

bec
October 19th, 2013, 11:51 PM
Our insurance allows us to go to a specialist directly also....what I am trying to determine is whether to go to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. That is my dilemma.... My "spot" is somewhat raised (you can feel it if you run your finger over it) and has an irregular border, maybe a shade darker than the skin around it.... I'm just really reluctant to go to the same dermatologist I went to almost 3 yrs ago and end up with a big scar for what may turn out to be sun damaged skin. Any scar is better than skin cancer. I guess I am being vain by not wanting a scar any larger than really necessary in the middle of my chest. Again, the spot on my leg is not worrisome as far as the scar goes, it doesn't "look me in the face" each time I look in the mirror and does not draw the attention (positive or negative) of others being at the bottom of my leg. I'm afraid that a really obvious scar in the middle of my chest would draw attention that I don't want. :icon_rolleyes: Will talk with my friends at church tomorrow and get their opinions...dermatologist vs plastic surgeon....

Terri, ask friends and relatives what dermatologist they use and then Google the doctor and see what comments you can find. If you go to a regular dermatologist, just let him/her know of your concerns about scarring and see if he/she can recommend a good surgeon. My dermatologist could have removed the cancer, but wanted me to go to the MOHS surgeon to minimize the degree of scarring. Also, this particular surgeon has a fantastic reputation. Let me know how it turns out for you. Hugs.

bec
October 19th, 2013, 11:55 PM
Bec, I'm so glad you got it taken care of early! You've got such a good attitude about your surgery, sounds like you had a good surgeon and good state of mind. Your bandage reminds me of that movie with Steve Martin where he invented the glasses with the thing attached to the glasses where you could pull them off and everyone went cross eyed who wore them. Lol, that was a hilarious movie.

Hahaha! I haven't thought of that movie forever! I think I'm getting cross-eyed already! LOL

I get to take the bulby bandage off tomorrow and I can actually take a shower! Yahoo!!! Then I'll just wear a band-aid or a thin layer of gauze and tape.