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14 April 2015 @ 07:06 pm
A little carcinoma of my own  
As you may recall, I had a small spot removed from my nose two weeks ago. Well, I got a phone call from the dermatologist's office yesterday, saying only "call us." Unfortunately, I didn't get the message until after the office was closed.

As you might guess, I didn't sleep well. At all.

The news, when I finally got it this morning, was not what I'd hoped to hear but not nearly as bad as I'd feared. The spot is an "in-situ squamous cell carcinoma," in other words a type of skin cancer. But it is not malignant, and is easily treatable: it's a 15-minute procedure in the doctor's office, with a 98% cure rate. Basically they just "scrape and burn" until they find healthy tissue. This a very common procedure; one in five people gets skin cancer at some point in their lives.

So, all in all, not too bad. But, seriously, this can stop any time.

Hug the people you love. And wear sunscreen.
Geri Sullivan: Twinzy Doctor Duckgerisullivan on April 15th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
"So, all in all, not too bad. But, seriously, this can stop any time."


I'm fair-skinned and was severely sunburned when I was a child, so am keeping my eyes open for similar spots myself. (Sunburned multiple times every summer and once so bad that my pediatrician chewed my mom out something fierce for not having him make a house call 2-3 days before she took me in for an appointment to have him look at it. It's the only time I remember seeing him mad. At the time, he diagnosed the burns as severe 2nd degree w/some 3rd degree, but the lack of scarring doesn't fit the current definitions of those terms. But it definitely qualified as a major burn by today's standards and 4 of the blisters were enormous.The smaller blisters were widespread and I spent several days laying face down on a sheet on the living room sofa wearing only panties and only sometimes able to bear having a sheet on top of me. I was nine or ten at the time; even the panties were a problem at the leg holes. The burn happened after my nose plugs came off when jumping off the high dive board at a pool, which gave me a sinus headache. I then fell asleep for the rest of afternoon on the concrete sun deck in July without any sunscreen on. Thank goodness it happened in Michigan rather than Florida or another, more southern clime.)

Fortunately, the biopsy on one spot I've had removed so far came back problem-free. Like yours, it was on my nose. There's a mole on my back right at one of the spots I was most severely burned. Whenever a bra strap ends up across it for a day or two, I think it's changed. But it hasn't, really.

We like 98% cure rates. :-) And, yes, these days I'm a Waterbabies SPF50 gal myself. And a hat!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on April 15th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
hope its not too deep and you heal quickly!
Michaelmichaeldthomas on April 15th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm so sorry. I'm glad it should be fine.
Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewritermatthewsrotundo on April 15th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
Well, that's not fun news, but I'm glad to know that it doesn't appear too serious.
Omahaomahas on April 15th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my gods, you are so right. It CAN stop at any time. I'm so sorry that you and Kate have been going through all of this. And I continue to send healing energy your way.
Terry HickmanTerry Hickman on April 15th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I had one of those on my lip. It was removed mostly painlessly - more discomfort, really, and I'm slathering the sunscreen and wearing hats etc etc etc. That was like ten years ago, with no recurrence. But Whoever definitely does need to quit piling the crap on you guys. I'm sorry for this additional anxiety. I'll send good vibes your way!
deborahjross on April 15th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Both my mother and my sister had squamous cell carcinomas. When my sister was diagnosed/treated a couple of years ago, I hied myself to a dermatologist for a skin check. He said that in fair-skinned folks, this type of cancer is so common, they don't consider a family history a risk factor.

Yep, sunscreen. Hats. Long sleeves (nifty sunscreen fabric if it's hot) or, better yet, staying inside and writing during peak sun hours.

Yes yes yes to hugs.
pennski: so many bookspennski on April 15th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hugs back.
I hope the healthy tissue is not far down at all.
kathrynmicekathrynmice on April 15th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
you took it to the doctor and you will be fine.

Mom had Mohs surgery. take a mess of reading material they test each layer as they excise them until they get two slices with no cancer.

kind of like my basal cell carcinomas. they just get scraped and frozen and they are gone.


billeylerbilleyler on April 15th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
And we love you.