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Published on Mar 14, 2015
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When I was first diagnosed with this form of cancer, basal cell carcinoma, I was scared and shocked. I thought it would mean the end of my face as I knew it.
With the help of a number of talented professionals in my area, I was able to have the cancer removed, and a bang up reconstructive job done. Thank you Dr. Algarin for the removal, Dr. Yeh for the reconstruction.
I get asked frequently what tipped me off to my cancer. What made me go in and get it checked? The fact is, I had a little blemish on my nose, like a tiny scab. It would fall off on the shower, and be gone for a few days, then a new scab would form. It started out small. It just looked like dry skin at first. I thought it was just exema or something. I thought nothing of it. Over time, as the scab started to replace the dried skin, the scabs started to get bigger, and darker.
After LITERALLY years of this, I finally got off my butt and went in to see my dermatologist. One biopsy later, and it was determined that I had cancer.
Had I gone to see him earlier, I feel very confidently that all of this could have been avoided. Perhaps a simple liquid nitrogen procedure could have removed a new cancer, but instead because I procrastinated for years, and didn't see the signs that my body was giving me, I had to go through this entire mess.
Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to some of my friends, and whomever views this, to get to a dermatologist IMMEDIATELY if you see something that doesn't look normal. If you think a dermatologist visit is too expensive, ask yourself this: would you rather have your face chopped up to the tune of $30,000 bucks, or would you rather cough up a hundred bucks to go in for a biopsy. I hope you'll chose the former.