Note: This blog entry contains pictures of a wound
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I have had an area of pink skin developing on my back for some years and being something that I don't often see, I chose to ignore it. Tom recently convinced me that I ought to have it looked at by my family doctor to determine if it was another skin cancer.
I had two basil cell skin cancers many years ago (more than ten), one on my right arm, another on my right temple. They were surgically removed and I've never had any recurrence of either spot.
Here's what Tom thought I needed to show my family doctor.
05-29-18: This pink patch was on the left of my back, on the lower scapula. I showed it to Dr. William B. Ashcraft at Miamisburg Family Practice and he agreed that it needed to be examined by a dermatologist.
06-25-18: I visited Dr. Karl K. Kellawan at Forefront Dermatology in Centerville. He thought it was a skin cancer and took a biopsy.
With the bandage removed after one day, the site of the biopsy can be seen near the top edge. Also note how much redder the area has become in less than three months.
The biopsy wound bled quite a bit and I have a number of t-shirts that needed laundered quickly. It was otherwise virtually painless. I had three spots on my chest attended to, also. They were frozen with liquid nitrogen. Biopsy results came back showing it to be a squamous cell skin cancer.
07-13-18: On my 69th birthday I went to Dayton Skincare for an appointment. Dr. Shannon Buck looked at the site, marked the outline with ink and measured the area (I believe he said 2.4 x 1.5 cm). They set an appointment in two weeks to have the cancer removed via MOHS surgery. I was told I might have to be there "all day".
The surgery lasted about 3.5 hours (mostly wait time). Dr. Buck didn't have to go back for more. There were some precancerous cells which the nurse then took care of. The nurse then put on ample dressings and wrapped me in an elastic bandage to hold everything firmly in place.
The next afternoon Tom removed the elastic bandage and we found this waterproof bandage beneath. I managed to keep it in place for two weeks while the wound healed. Though I showered (carefully), the bandage stayed in place. At first the wound was tender, even slightly painful. It soon merely itched.
08-10-18: I returned to Dayton Skincare to have the stitches removed. I asked the nurse how many there were: 36. She said the wound was healing beautifully and that I could go back to my usual routine with no restrictions.
I'll have to keep an eye on things and not let any further suspect areas go so long before I see a doctor. I'm sure this could have been taken care of easily many years ago. Even so, the procedures that were used weren't painful at all. Great care all around.