Post # 1
I have a small scab like lesion on my breast that I believe might be some type of skin cancer. I noticed it in September so it’s fairly new. I can’t remember if it was a pimple first as my skin takes forever to heal so I didn’t think it was skin cancer until a few weeks ago. I have a derm appointment at the end of the month.
For those of you who went through something similar, what’s the treatment like? Do they just cut it out and there’s a small scar? I pray that it’s not invasive as I had a skin check in July and everything seemed ok.
Post # 2
gatsbymermaid : Before you start collecting information about treatment for skin cancer, why not see a doctor and get a diagnosis? You may have a patch of atopic dermatitis or any number of innocuous skin conditions.
Post # 3
julies1949 : You’re right but I do have a derm appointment in two weeks so I am seeing a doctor. I also used to use tanning beds in my teen years so I wouldn’t be totally shocked.
Post # 4
gatsbymermaid : my husband had a basal cell spot and they gave him the option to cut it out or burn it. He went with the burning method so that he wouldn’t have to deal with the stitches (he’s had to before for various skin issues and he hates them) but he’s left with a small scar that looks like a cigarette burn. It was an office appointment and he’s totally fine. Don’t stress before you know what it is!
Post # 5
I’ve had a lot of moles I thought looked problematic removed, and they all came back clean thankfully.
If the derm thinks it looks cancerous they can cut it out and have it tested (sometimes they just burn them like the previous poster mentioned, but my understanding is that they have to cut them out to test them). If it comes back that it is cancerous, they will look to see if the borders of the skin around the mole/spot are clear of cancerous cells or not. If the borders are clear, they won’t have to do anything else and if they are not clear of cancerous cells, they will likely go back and take a larger border and test that. One step at a time though, there are countless things that can cause a spot and the derm will be able to tell you. Deep breaths!