Patient Comments: Skin Cancer - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with skin cancer.

Published: July 23

I had squamous cell skin cancer near the corner of my eye. Mohs surgery was performed and I had freaked out about it before I went in. It really was not a big deal - I wish someone would have told me that while it is surgery, it is not something to really obsess over. Reading the Internet can just really scare you - if you can talk to someone that had it done it would really put you at ease. It took mine two tries, the second time was a little dicier than the first (since they were going a little deeper), but not as bad as I had imagined.

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Published: August 01

I've had numerous basal cells. I've had Mohs surgery on my face and had to have plastic surgery 6 times after to correct the damage from surgery. I've had squamous cell on the back of my hand and had Mohs surgery they had to take the back of my hand off, but I've learned it's never going to stop. I'll have to keep on top of it. I've had probably 300 spots frozen off. Now I'm using Efudex-40. With me it is a daily thing.

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Published: June 09

It started as a sore with a scab on it. It itched and I scratched, then little blisters appeared.

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Published: May 29

I had an oval, light brown smooth mole on my inner arm, just above my elbow. Over the last few days, it changed a lot, developing peeling and crusting, and looking a pale red colour. I saw my family doctor today, and he said it was likely a squamous or a basal call cancer, and he used liquid nitrogen on it.

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Published: July 16

I have basal carcinoma. A biopsy showed this. The cancer is just under my left eye close to my nose.

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Comment from: nadinegmac, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My husband was in Vietnam 2 times for extended periods of time when agent orange was being sprayed. He had a very aggressive form of squamous cell cancer, and his son has CLL (LEUKEMIA). He died from the cancer which spread to trachea, larynx neck, and chest.

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Comment from: Susie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My doctor treated my squamous cell insitu skin cancers on my legs and arms by scrapping and burning them. This method is not mentioned in your article. Is it an appropriate treatment option?

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Comment from: ycitybob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I was that proverbial red headed little kid that always got sunburn. I have paid the price for that exposure through various types of skin cancer. I have had it cut out 4 times, burned twice, frozen spots hundreds of times. So far it has always been successfully removed. I still play golf most days in the summer but make sure I am wearing and SPF of 40 or above. I wish I would have done that as a teenager. Now at 61 I have a lot of spots on my hands, face, neck and ears. Prevention is a lot easier to deal with.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 11

They removed a wart from my chin. There is no mark or lump left. Now they want to cut. I will not allow this. They say I have squamous cancer. I am 82 and have gone through colon cancer, and I feel that I don't want to go through any of this again.

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Skin Cancer - Treatments Question: How was your skin cancer treated?
Skin Cancer - Basal Cell Carcinoma Question: Describe your basal cell carcinoma and the exams or tests that led to a diagnosis.
Skin Cancer - Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Question: What kinds of treatment have been effective for your squamous cell carcinoma?
Skin Cancer - Follow-up Care Question: What did your doctor instruct you to do for followup care after your skin cancer was treated?
Skin Cancer - Symptoms Question: What kind of skin cancer symptoms did you experience?
Skin Cancer - Treatment Question: What kind of skin cancer treatment did you have?
Skin Cancer - Types Question: What type of skin cancer did you have?
Skin Cancer - Mole Question: Have you ever had a mole that turned out to be a skin cancer?
Skin Cancer - Location Question: Did you have skin cancer on your face, nose, scalp, lips, or somewhere else?

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