Just a "little" Skin Cancer

@Aurone (4757)
United States
May 29, 2010 1:58pm CST
I went for a mole check up last week. They biopsied a mole on my arm and a small place under my eye. Evidently, the mole I was worried about was nothing. Now I have a nicely healing hole in my arm. But the place under my eye was a "little" cancer (yes that is what the nurse on the phone said) I have to have this place under my eye removed and they are sending me to a plastic surgeon so it won't leave much of a scar. It sort of freaks me out that I have skin cancer. Has anyone else had this type of procedure? Have you had any other problems with skin cancer after the place was removed. I am young and it sort of surprises and depresses me that I already have problems with skin cancer.
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@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
31 May 10
Hi Aurone, My mum had that a few years ago... I don't remember the name... and she went through surgery and nothing else. The doctor told her there were two kinds of that melanoma (was that the name? melanoma?) the good kind and the bad kind. The good kind, it just may appear again, on the skin, on some other part of the body. The bad kind, it can appear on any other organ. My mum had the good one, luckily, but still, it's been almost 10 years and it never appeared again.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
1 Jun 10
That is good to know. You probably mean benign and malignant cancers. I think mine is benign and I should be good once they remove it.
• Argentina
1 Jun 10
That's exactly the word I was looking for, but my english is not so good. search for melanoma in a medical dictionary, you'll feel better afterwards. cancer sounds too rough. and don't get depressed! mind is very powerful, if you get depressed you'll only make it worse, THINK POSITIVE! :)
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
5 Jun 10
Thanks for the pep talk. I am sure your English is fine. I am a biology instructor in college so those types of words are part of my normal vocabulary.
@GardenGerty (116618)
• United States
29 May 10
I have not, my sister did. She had an HMO that did not approve treatments quickly. Her little skin cancer kept recurring as other worse things. Do everything they tell you and use sun screen, okay?
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
31 May 10
Sorry about your sister. Hope she is doing alright now. I have a PPO so I don't have problems getting things approved so much. The surgeon the dermatologist suggested I use is out of my network but I decided to pay the difference since the surgery is going to be on my face. I am not wanting any bad scarring there. I do use sunscreen, everyday on my face and SPF 50 on the rest of my body when I am going to be out in the sun at all.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
5 Jun 10
Sorry to hear that. I see the doctor on Tuesday. Hopefully it won't be such a dire thing for me. The medical cogs seem to be turning in a timely manner.
• United States
30 May 10
my mom has,she had a few removed. in most cases the scar it does leave fades pretty quickly.it stayed red for a wee bit tho..the only problem she's had was they didn't get it all the one time and it came back,but hers were non malignant tho they took it off anyway.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
31 May 10
That is good to know. I suspect I will have to be extra vigilant about skin cancer for the rest of my life. But at least I know and I can keep a watch on it.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
29 May 10
hope you feel better soonest! the sun can be a dangerous thing to our skin.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
31 May 10
Yes it can. I can't imagine what my skin would be like if I actually went out in the sun.
@la_chique (1498)
29 May 10
Oh good luck! I hope you get better really soon. It sounds like they caught the 'little' cancer in time, so they will probably be able to remove all of it.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
31 May 10
That is what they seem to suggest. I have to go see a surgeon and he should be able to remove all of it. I am thankful it isn't worse. I don't think I will have to do chemotherapy or anything.