I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma from a biopsy on my forehead near my hairline. It is about as big as a pencil eraser. I wil be having it removed and he told me I will have a "big bandage". I'm not sure how much he is removing but he told me he has to make sure he gets all of the "fingers" that come from the cancer. I have no idea what type of procedure and how big the incision will be. I am now worried about getting it elsewhere of course. I know it is not the bad skin cancer but nevertheless it is still cancer.
Do I have to include in my health history the fact I had "cancer" or is that reserved for melanoma or other cancers? I know it is a strange question.
First of all, I'm sorry that you have a BCC but thats the best kind to have. I am not sure what you mean, do you mean for insurance reasons? If so, then on the diagnosis codes it will show what type of cancer and that will go on there UNLESS you are paying out of pocket for all of it. If you have a cancer policy, some actually cover this type of "cancer" and the procedures for the removal. As for your history itself, Yes, You have Skin Cancer. Once your BCC is removed. You wont no longer have BCC unlike Melanoma. But, I believe most insurance companies look at it different ways. I'm sorry I dont have all the answers. But I don't find it a problem for any of your future claims or etc.
You sure should. I had a lage piece removed 3 yra ago. It took 15 stiches to close up....and now have a huge scar. Make sure you have an experienced professional do the removal as you dont want any scars
Kevin is correct. BCC may be the least agressive, but it doesn't mean that the cancer won't leave a considerable amount of damage. I didn't act on my first Skin Cancer, which was a basal cell until it had rooted deeply. If you have had time to search a few threads here, you may have seen what I had to go through.
Your dermatologist may opt to do a MOHS procedure based on what the outcome of your biopsy is. A MOHS saves the most amount of undamaged skin. My doctor did a skin flap, using the skin from surrounding areas, as skin grafts from other areas of the body will leave a more visible scar.
Good luck to you and yes, I always list that I've had skin cancer on my health forms. The doctor's usually ask what type, and I spout off "basal, squamous, and a few acitinic keratosis." They know all the lingo.
As far as disclosing this info for insurance purposes - I think it depends on the insurance. If your insurance company is paying for the treatments - it is on record and can always be traced back; which can be bad for you if you do not disclose it from the very beginning.
It is a hard thing to decide - I know I can never get insurance now until I am NED (no evidence of disease) for 7 years and my premiums at that point will still be high. At least this is what I have been told - I had melanoma though.
I am not sure what is the best choice but I just wanted to tell you that I hope your excision went easily.
The incision went well. I have an incision line that is a little over 1/2 inch. He dug deep and said he "hoped" he got it all. I had stitches in for one week and now tape over it that can be removed tomorrow. Two weeks total.
He wants to see me in 3 months unless something else comes up.
Thanks for the replies.
Hi Kevin and I'm doing well now. I am now putting Mederma on it to minimize the scar. My hair style covers it slightly but still shows through. I got a copy of my pathology reports. The first one showed the basal cell carcinoma from the shaving and the second report after they removed it showed that the margins were clear. Assuming then they got it all!