A History of Skin Cancer

The story actually begins in my childhood, when I got several (lots) of sunburns.

Fast-forward to July 2010.  The dermatologist decided to biopsy a tiny little spot on the side on my nose.

Sure enough, it turned out to be basal cell carcinoma (the good kind of skin cancer).  “But you better have it taken care of.”

Trip to the plastic surgeon in August, and I was scheduled to have it removed with Mohs Surgery, on September 22.

The next day, I went back and got the stitches put in.  (Note the wonderful black eye!)

On September 30th, I went back and had the stitches taken out, and graduated to steri-strips.  (Black eye has pretty well faded).

Yesterday, the steri-strips came off and I’m left with a nice, little scar that will fade and disappear in all the other wrinkles on my face.

I’m assured the scar will flatten out and fade away.  Anyway, I’m now (knock on wood) cancer free – at least on my face!

P.S.  Please be sure to see my update from March 2011.  https://abbiewatters.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/a-history-of-skin-cancer-update/

7 thoughts on “A History of Skin Cancer

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your story and posting photos. My surgery was in the SAME place and I have almost an identical scar to that of your 3rd photo. But my surgery was 6 weeks ago. The incision looks great but the area around it is still pink and raised. Will this eventually go away?


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  4. Thank you for sharing your story. Two days ago I had a small spot biopsied almost in the same location as yours. My doc said it will definitely leave a white scar but it currently looks like a black crater under the bandaid, which is making me sad. I wasn’t prepared for a scar, and kind of wish I had tried something more conservative first. However, the biopsy is 95% curative if the lesion was in fact cancer. Thanks for the great pics of your experience and the upbeat attitude, too!


    • I’m glad I could help you. The original biopsy site did look kind of scary, but the plastic surgery to remove the rest of the cancer, and the repair that went with it, completely did away with that scar. Now, six months after the surgery, I can’t see any scar at all, even when I’m looking for it. (I guess it helps that I’m old enough to have wrinkles to camofllage it!) Maybe I’ll do another post with current pictures one of these days.


  5. Better than me. The doctor plays connect the dots on my neck and shoulders just keeping up with the moles, skin tags, etc. I have 3 new one for my January visit. He likes that they are all nice and pink. The one brownish one has not grown a millimeter. For 4 years he has hum’ed and haw’ed but does not want to remove it yet.


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