Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… didn’t she already have skin cancer surgery? Yes, I did. Twice. This is number three.
The first spot was on my ear. I had a full body check and everything else was fine. The next spot popped up less than a year later on my arm. Same thing… the rest of my body was fine. Last June, another odd little spot appeared on my leg, and here I am.
Are you ready for the rant to wear sunscreen? Well here it is. WEAR SUNSCREEN DERNIT! Believe me. It’s just not worth it. Hey Australia – You guys should slather yourself with it all the time. Here in the USA, most of us don’t even think of it in the winter, but the truth is, the sun is the sun no matter what time of year it is. You can’t feel it because it is cold out, but believe me. It’s still there, and it can still cause damage.
This mohs surgery will take between four to twelve hours. Most take four to six hours. My own dermatologist has already removed the visible cancer, but the scar is already showing signs of the original infection. The surgeon will remove what he can see, test it, and if cancer shows up, he will come back and remove more… and test it. This will go one for as long as it takes until they no longer find any traces of cancer… and Yes, unfortunately… I will be awake through the entire procedure.
Are you diving for your sunscreen yet? I would be.
Slather on that SPF 30 or higher and be safe… and if you get a spare moment… pray that I caught this in time and I will only have to go through one round of this surgery.