Basal Cell Carcinoma watch out for it.

  flycatcher1 19:48 06 Sep 2014

I realise that I may be telling Granny to suck eggs but I want to publicise the dangers of BCC.

Last June I finally recognised that the spot on my nose was not healing and had been there for some time. It was showing on a photograph taken at a wedding in July 2013. Visited my GP, checked in a hospital and removed last Monday, in the operating chair for seventy minutes because it was worse than expected. My boyish good looks have gone for a ball of chalk.

As a child I spent a few years in hot climates and my RAF service often made my knees brown. I am not a sun lover but I have needed some Cryo treatment on my bald pate but was not prepared for the BCC.

From the papers I read that cancers caused by the sun are increasing, particularly in the older generation, so my advice is to keep an eye out for any blemishes that look "different".

Stitches out on Tuesday. I realise that some Forum Members have had great medical traumas and mine is comparitively minor but a word in time...........

  Aitchbee 21:13 06 Sep 2014

Good advice, flycatcher1. I would also endorse seeing your GP, right away, if there are any unusual and/or persistant [subcutaneous] lumps anywhere on your body. Get it seen to, even if it's just to reassure YOU that 'it's nothing to worry about'.But if YOU are still worried or know that there is something not quite right ... DEMAND a second medical opinion ... don't let it FESTER.

  Aitchbee 21:15 06 Sep 2014

BTW ... I was speaking to EVERYONE in my last post.

  Forum Editor 23:46 06 Sep 2014

My father had a Melanoma on his arm when he was in his late 60's, the result - so the specialist said - of exposure to tropical sun during his RAF days. We lived for a while on an RAF base in Sri Lanka, and he had been in Egypt at some point; nobody used sun block.

These things can take decades to manifest themselves.

  spuds 00:18 07 Sep 2014


I assume they did the surgery using a local anaesthetic, can I ask on a point of curiosity, if you got concerned if the procedure or local numbing would effect your sight or the area around there?.

  john bunyan 09:46 07 Sep 2014

I has a melanoma on my forearm in 2008 (many years after too much time in canoes etc with RMSF in Malta, Far East etc) Had it removed but unlike basal cell, it was grade 4 Malignant Melanoma; 4 years later quite big problems arose, and last October things looked bleak. Had some expensive (NHS)Immune boosting therapy and Gamma Knife for a couple of brain metastases and prospects improved a bit- DVLA have withdrawn licence for 2 years from last December. This is the worst part. I hope Flycatcher1 continues to improve - if you are unlucky enough to get skin cancer, basal cell is the less likely to metastasise.

  flycatcher1 16:05 07 Sep 2014

Thanks for Best wishes. JB you make me feel very humble my problem is a pinprick compared to yours. I wish you well but appreciate how the loss of independent transport is galling. If it happens to us we will have to move.

spuds The worst thing about my op was the injections for the local antithetic. My eyes were a little sore afterwards but soon cleared up although the plasters etc over the bridge made it difficult to get my specs in the right position.

My Father who served in Egypt, Iraq and India had no problems with the sun but that was then and this is now.

  spuds 16:26 07 Sep 2014


Thank you for your reply to my question. The reason why I asked was because I had two skin cancers removed from each side of my head, between the eyes and ears, plus another on the chest. And I was more fearful at the time of operation, of losing my eyesight than the cancer. There was (is) a large suspicious brown crusty like mole on my arm, which I thought they would have removed, but evidently there was no problem with the mole, so it was left alone, to grow further!.

Not sure what my skin cancer was called, but the surgery was rushed through, and the suggestion was that the cancer had been caused by my spells in the tropics, plus 'catching' the sun here in the UK.

The point is, you do not realise these things, under the hospital's become involved. and for some I would imagine, it might be a little to late.

All turned out fine in the end, and I wish and hope all turns out well for you.

  spuds 16:30 07 Sep 2014

Whoops - (under) until the hospital's become involved

  flycatcher1 10:11 08 Sep 2014

spuds I hope continues to go well with you. I only started this topic to publicise the problem and to get men to watch out for the signs of skin sores. Things are getting better for me, my wife only berates me three times a day about not getting earlier treatment for my " Self inflicted injury". Last week it was hourly.

  spuds 10:45 08 Sep 2014

Prostrate cancer is another subject that males seem to ignore, until perhaps it gets to late.

Luckily the NHS here in England, not sure about the rest of the UK, have very good procedures in place nowadays for referrals and treatment.

Flycatcher1 - Just goes to show how times flies. Having checked some paperwork, my 'scare' for skin cancer was in 2009, didn't think that it was as long as that. But having gone through an whole host of 'problems' and hospital appointments, including now. I suppose time is the least factor to think about.

Still not sure what my skin cancer was, so next visit to the GP, on a point of curiosity (through this posting) I'll need to check. Whatever the case, I could not have asked for better service to that I received from the NHS and all concerned, for the various problems that I now have. Age, wear and tear certainly does catch you up, and anyone who thinks differently, might have a lot of learning to do?.

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