Skin Cancer Photos -
I didn't listen to the stories on the news and in the magazines that tell people to protect their skin while in the sun. My friends and family told me not to lay out in the sun or go to tanning salons, I didn't listen. I loved the warmth of the sun. I wore next to nothing SPF. I was born with very fair skin and desperately wanted some color. I thought buying those suntan oils in brown bottles was going to give me that color, I was terribly wrong. I burned, then peeled and sometimes had color. Remember the reflective blankets that people sunbathed on? That was me, also. A golden tan body in a cute summer outfit vs. a blinding pale color…I always opted for the golden tan look. I'm paying for it now.
My first positive biopsy result was when I was only 23 years old. I had a basal cell carcinoma spot on my back that needed to be surgically removed. Since then, I've had 5 more basal cell carcinoma positive spots on various areas of my body. The scars aren't pretty. What a coincidence, I started out doing something to "look" better and now I'm forced to be pale, wearing scars.
What does Basal Cell Carcinoma look like?
It looks like something that isn't alarming, like eczema or psoriasis. Mine looked like a pink patch that felt a bit rough. It can have several other variations in appearance and texture. Be sure to check with your physician, if you're concerned.
I wish I had listened. I'm 41 years old now and I have two spots on my face that I've been avoiding. Praying that they'd just go away. I don't want my face cut into. You see, it's the only way to get a biopsy and if it's positive, then more has so be removed and possibly stitched closed. I know that I have to go in to get it checked and I will.
Update: I went to the dermatologist on June 7th, 2017 to get the spots on my face checked out and a few other areas of concern. After all of the concerning areas were checked, I had a full body scan. This happened to be 1 of 4 necessary appointments that I had with various doctors for various reasons in the last 30 days. I had a mammogram and biopsy, annual pap smear and now fully unclothed in front of my dermatologist. The piece of mind knowing that everything is fine is priceless.
The two spots on my face were pre-cancerous spots. She froze them with liquid nitrogen. I had a spot on my arm that she biopsied and it came back negative. She told my husband and I to watch a spot on my back that looks like a pimple, I was confident that was all it was. It's been almost a month and it's not going away. I have an appointment to get that spot biopsied.
Now that I'm older and forced to wear sunscreen, I've actually discovered that I tan through SPF 75 sunscreen. If I only had known that when I was younger. I could have protected myself and achieved some color with some normal sun exposure. I wear SPF daily and I try to stay in the shade as much as possible. I'm finally to the point of not caring how pale I am. I just want to be healthy and here for my family.
I'd give anything to turn back time and not tan the way that I did. I'm writing this in hopes that someone might learn from my experience. I hope someone listens the way that I should have. I thought that it wouldn't happen to me, it did…and unfortunately, it will to others who don't listen. Did you know your chance of developing a nonmelanoma skin cancer in your lifetime is about one in five? More than 5.4 million cases of BCC and SCC are treated in over 3.3 million people each year in the U.S. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from indoor tanning, is the greatest risk factor for developing these skin cancers. Please don't be another statistic. To learn more, please visit www.skincancer.org
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