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    Default Potential skin cancer

    Hi, I'm super scared right now, I had a biopsy yesterday on a blemish on the base of my neck. The doctor said he thought it was a skin cancer but was just so blasé about it ( it's a skin cancer/mole check place) as I guess he sees it regularly. I'm only 31 and definitely had some bad burns in my late teens and early 20's but the crazy thing is that since I've hit 25 I've been vit d deficient in both my pregnancies and I'm always the person who is trying to stay in the shade, putting on sunscreen etc
    I'm freaked out I have a 6 week old and a 2 year old and I keep bursting into tears. I know I'm thinking the absolute worst but I have a week to get the results and I don't know how I'm going to get through to next Thursday.

    I had all my moles checked 3 years ago and this mark has been on my neck about 6 months, it's not very noticeable but it occurred to me that something was irritating my skin in the same spot for a while or the mark was never clearing up so I decided I would get it checked once I gave birth.

    Anyway, I don't really know why the point of this post is.....maybe to hear some good news stories, some ideas on how to get through the next week or a bit more info and what happens if it is a skin cancer :-( I'm too scared to google!!

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    Ok so I'm a bit of an expert on this because I am so worried about it as heaps of people in my family have had skin cancer. All types. If it's s blemish, like a red irritation, it's most likely a basal cell carcinoma. Totally harmless and will not spread to your body and kill you. Melanoma is the one to watch a little more carefully. I've thought I've had one so many times. But I haven't. They do tend to look more like moles and darker and oily like. But if you've caught it, you will most likely be fine. I know heaps of people that have had melanoma and been completely fine. Do you have a pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterJade View Post
    Ok so I'm a bit of an expert on this because I am so worried about it as heaps of people in my family have had skin cancer. All types. If it's s blemish, like a red irritation, it's most likely a basal cell carcinoma. Totally harmless and will not spread to your body and kill you. Melanoma is the one to watch a little more carefully. I've thought I've had one so many times. But I haven't. They do tend to look more like moles and darker and oily like. But if you've caught it, you will most likely be fine. I know heaps of people that have had melanoma and been completely fine. Do you have a pic?
    Thank you so much for replying, you have just made me cry with a bit of relief reading this, it's a blemish/red irritation. I don't have a pic, he cauterised? it after taking the biopsy and it's still covered with a bandage now. I also have another mole on my back which he is taking out next week because it has changed a lot in the last 3 years and that will get tested then. He was just pretty confident this was a skin cancer so my mind just went to the worst possible scenario and he didn't have the greatest bed side manner. I'll take of the bandage and see if it's worth taking a pic now.

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    Not sure if you can really see anything but here's a pic ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1466208278.245310.jpg

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    Also sorry to hear that a lot of people in your family have had skin cancer!!

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    My mum has stage 4 melanoma and she's fine. She had it removed and doesn't need any treatment but it was a stage 4 one. She just has regular checks every 6 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    My mum has stage 4 melanoma and she's fine. She had it removed and doesn't need any treatment but it was a stage 4 one. She just has regular checks every 6 months
    Wow! Glad to hear she is doing well. Thanks so much for replying :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetcheeks1 View Post
    Not sure if you can really see anything but here's a pic Attachment 81979
    If anything it's a BCC, my husband had the same. He had it cut out and it never returned. It's definitely not a melanoma so you can breathe. You'll be fine I can pretty much guarantee it. It might even be an Excema patch. Or a ringworm. It's def nothing to be worried about. Stupid doctor for not telling you that it's not one of the scary types.

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    Thanks WinterJade! I also had a doctors appointment for another reason yesterday and she was shocked that the other doctor didn't explain things to me a bit better, she was lovely and also said a lot of the same things as you do, and that they are generally very slow growing and self contained. I feel much better today, still a bit nervous about the result and the other mole that needs to come out!

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    So just an update, the one on my neck was confirmed as a bcc and cut out today. It's been sent for testing to confirm they got it all, the doctor said 99% of the time that's the end of it once they have cut it out (and got it all) so fingers crossed that's the case. I also had another mole removed today which has gone for testing. So another week of waiting for results :-(


 

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