A Very Scary Moment
by Rebecca Fryman
(Georgetown, KY, USA)
My name is Becky and I am a 31 year old mother of one. I used to be an avid swimmer and sunbather as well as an occasional user of the tanning bed.
The year I turned 25 was the scariest time of my life. My daughter was 6 years old and things were going great for our family.
Until one day I was putting on my swim suit to get ready to go swimming and my daughter asked me "Mommy, what is that black spot on your back"?
I thought maybe it was a bruise, but I had my husband look at it to make sure. He looked closely and said it looked like a mole.
I made an appointment with my dermatologist just to be sure it wasn't anything to worry about. He looked at the mole and at a few other worrisome spots I found that morning and decided to take a biopsy.
I went home scared to death but at the same time hoping I was worrying for nothing. The next day the results came back. I had basal cell carcinoma ( Basal Skin Cancer
I immediately broke into tears. All the usual questions raced through my head, and then I began blaming myself.
The doctor began discussing with me a plan of treatment. We chose curettage and desiccation. They injected local anesthesia into the site and began scooping out the Skin Cancer
I still felt him cutting and it burned the whole time. I had three places removed and thankfully, didn't require any stitches for any of them.
Luckily I didn't need any other form of treatment, since all the cancer was removed.
I check myself everyday to make sure no new places have started and I make sure to see my Dermatologist every 3 months to check on the old places.
I make sure to put on lots of sunscreen if I am out in the sun now and I have sworn off tanning beds. I am cancer free now but I will have the scars for the rest of my life to remind me.Facial Skin CancerFive Signs of Skin CancerInformation on Skin CancerMalignant Melanoma Skin CancerMelanoma Skin Cancer