Basal cell carcinoma. Also known as skin cancer, it appeared on my left hand years ago, a tiny reddish spot near my wrist. It was barely visible, and I hardly paid it any notice, until the past year or so when it started growing in size. I'd look at it from time to time and think I needed to mention it to the doctor. But since I rarely went to the doctor, I would always forget to mention it.
Until a few months ago when I finally did mention it and he looked at it. Then pronounced the fateful words.
"I think it may be a basal cell carcinoma. Let's send you to a dermatologist to have it taken off."
What I didn't realize at the time is that one small skin cancer makes a very large incision scar. Micrographic surgery will give me a 99% chance of cure and not having to go through this again. The scar and its size doesn't bother me. I am not a vain person after all. I just wanted it gone and to stay gone.
Two things I have learned from this experience.
1. Tanning and overexposure to sun can take years to manifest itself as a skin cancer.
2. The earlier you seek treatment, the less drastic the treatment will be. Had I gone to the dermatologist years ago, the scar might not be an inch long now.
Early detection is the key to successful treatment.
Have you looked at your skin lately?
...life is good.
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