I've recently been diagnosed with skin cancer on my face for the third time. The first two were squamous cell carcinoma, and were on my forehead (a small brown spot that had been there for years suddenly went from totally flat to a smidgen of "thickness"); and on the left side of my nose (a wart-like growth that suddenly appeared). I was not disfigured at all, and have barely perceptible scars.
This third go-round, I've been told it's basal cell carcinoma (which I know is "better" than squamous cell), and it was a growth that suddenly appeared below the inside corner of my right eye.
So, now I'm scheduled for a consultation with a guy who is a specialist in the Moh's surgery, and I'm also already scheduled for the Moh's surgery.
Has anyone else here been through this? Have any of you (or anyone you know) had multiple bouts with skin cancer?
I guess one of the things that depresses me is that for each of these three cancers, the doctor has told me (before removing the thing and sending it for biopsy) that it was "nothing" and that it was "normal for someone of my age." Yet, each time I was right to be concerned because they were all cancerous. I've looked at hundreds of photos of the various types of skin cancer, and none of them look anything like the three malignancies that I had. The first two (squamous cell) were diagnosed by one dermatologist that I'd been going to for many years, and he has a good reputation. Now this latest one was diagnosed by a different dermatologist -- one who is listed as a "top doc" nationally in the field of dermatology. So now every time I point out something and hear "oh, that's nothing," I'm going to be worried that it's really malignant...