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08-21-2008, 01:01 PM
Apparently I have a "Basel Cell Carcinoma" on my face. Have an appointment with Specialist to look at this. It is the "lesser" of skin cancers. Does anyone have any suggestions??? Please
08-21-2008, 03:20 PM
Just want to let you know you're in my prayers. Please keep us posted.
Sounds like a good time for a serious, focused detox. Do you have any experience with that?
08-21-2008, 04:51 PM
Avacado--I have had 6 skin cancers (basal and squamous), all removed by MOHS surgery. 5 of these were on my face, and while it's no fun, it's okay. Faces heal loads better than you might think, because the skin is fairly elastic and there is usually plenty of "oil" even on dry skin.
How old are you? My first was at 26; my most recent was at 50.
If you are going to a specialist, he/she might be planning to remove it while you are there. Plan on being there at least an hour, possibly longer.
Do you need more info?
08-21-2008, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the replies.
Actually, Stina....we were just about to start a detox.
Emma-Liza...I am 57. This spot has been there for a while...but has apparently "turned" into this...because it wasn't that when the Dr. last looked.
I have turned around my thinking on what I put "on" my body. When I do my skincare, I exercise my face, skinbrush, and then do natural (read "kitchen recipes") skincare. I clean with a mixture of honey, yogurt and lime. I then splash a mix of chamomile/honey/greentea "tea" on it (very hydrating) and then tone with a rosewater/aloevera/witch hazel mix. Then I moisturize with olive oil. I take the leaf of the aloe vera plant, open it and put on the "basel cell" spot. This so far is working out OK, so am hoping that this "clean" skincare regimen might help make a difference with the spot.
Emma-Liza.....I would like more info...but don't even know what to ask.
Sugar Snap Pea
08-21-2008, 06:30 PM
Have it removed. Better safe than sorry! They may be slow growing, but I've seen advanced cases... believe me when I say better safe than sorry!
08-21-2008, 09:39 PM
You must have it removed. They do not go away. They change in size, and can look like they're clearing up. But then, they're back. The first time you have a spot start to go away and then get worse, go right to your doctor. Don't watch it cycle, because all the time it can be growing under the skin, which requires a lot more tissue to be removed than it looks on top.
If you live in town with MOHS surgery available, you'll go straight to your surgeon whenever you get a new spot and it will be removed and tested. Each test takes about 30 minutes and you wait with a butterfly bandage over the wound until they finish. If they haven't got a clear margin, they take a bit more. And test again.
Your skin care regime sounds great, but do remember that these cancers are caused by damage incurred when you were younger, not what you're doing now.
The good news is, the older you are, the less you scar. :) Many times, I've watched my dad's scars fade completely away.
Assuming you have the MOHS: Eat before going. This helps with the local anesthesia. I've even taken a snack with me or they have snacks at my doc's ofc (SAD snacks, though). Take something to read. Plan to be there awhile. If you're sensitive to anesthesia, have someone to drive you home. I always drive myself, but novacaine-type stuff does make me a little shaky. It will get to be "old hat," but the first time might be kinda nerve-making.
All the best--let us know how it goes!
08-21-2008, 10:57 PM
I certainly intend on getting it taken off...especially after this info!!
Thanks so much!!!!
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