Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is Basal Cell Carsinoma?

 It all started back in May when we vacationed in Hawaii! I noticed a spot on my face close to my right eye that appeared different than anything I have ever had. We have always went on  vacations to hot places, Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica, Israel, Nevada, California. I love the sun and truthfully I have never used much sunscreen.  Well that changes as of today! On July 21st I went to a dermatologist, had a full body check, a biopsy on my face, on July 25 it was confirmed that in fact it was Basal Cell.
 Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the world and the number of cases still continue to rise. Prevention: sunscreen, seek shade (the sun's rays are strongest between 10-4 each day.) While 99% treatable for me it was still very scary. Cancer of any sort is Cancer! I was very blessed to have caught it early. In some cases skin grafts are needed, numbness can remain, several layers need to be removed. In my case only one layer was removed and the cancer is gone.

 So now I will wear sunscreen, avoid the hot sun, wear sunglasses as well, and hats will be my new best friend. I am fine and will heal. I just wanted to share my story so that people like me have a better understanding of what can happen. It happens all around us. It can repeat itself and if you have it or have had it, it can come back easier.

The sun is very damaging on your eyes as well. If only I could keep a pair of sunglasses. I have resided to buying them from the dollar store as I lose them daily. In fact after having my surgery yesterday we stopped so I could buy a pair and I cant find them today. Hope you have a great day and wear your sunscreen and glasses. Blessings Pam


  1. Im glad it went well. We love you :)

  2. so glad the docs took good care of you, pam:) thanks for the reminder!

  3. Glad it wasn't any worse and you caught it so soon. You look adorable in your hat!

  4. So glad you caught it early! You look wonderful in hats I might add. My husband just had surgery to remove cancerous layers from his ear. He had Squamous Cell Carcinoma. And yes as you said, it is curable but talk about scary! Blessings to you!


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