Basal Cell Carcinoma will affect over a half million people each year in the USA alone. This type of skin cancer is the result from many years of exposure to the sun, which is why it will often occur in the neck or head area. In my case, I have worked outside most of my adult years and now have had Basal Cell Carcinoma appear three times on the nose. It starts with an unusual bump or change in the skin color. Early detection is key to successful treatment.
This site chronicles my personal experiences with Basal Cell Carcinoma. Other related sources for Mohs and Basal Cell Carcinoma information are listed throughout the site.
The first occurrence of skin cancer on my nose was in '96 and do I have a story to tell about that ordeal. You'll laugh, wince and groan!
The last two times I had Basal Cell cancer, a procedure called Mohs Micrographic Surgery was used to remove the skin cancer from my nose. The picture below is after the first MOHs surgery in '01.
This was reconstructed with a skin graft taken from top of left shoulder. It had excessive shrinkage resulting in a prominent divot on the bridge of the nose.
This time the cosmetic face surgery involved a large skin flap being cut from the forehead, twisted around and sewn in place forming what the doctor says will be a good looking nose. The whole procedure involved three different operations.
Some of these pictures of the MOHS Surgery
and the Cosmetic Surgery are
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
The first photo sets, Surgery, 48 hrs, 72 hrs etc. are the hardest to look at. The wound is quite raw with a lot of scabbing. These pictures show the healing process over time which was quite remarkable.
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