Basal Cell vs Squamous Cell vs Melanoma
I grew up in So Cal, so in my younger years I burned and blistered, time after time. I have had moles removed that were biopsied and okay and several sun damage spots frozen off my face. Last week I went to the dermo for a funny looking spot on my arm and a general check for skin damage. She said she was almost sure the spot on my arm was basal cell carcinoma, and she took the whole thing off, to be biopsied. She also did a punch biopsy on a mole on my chest and I had a couple of stitches. She expected the chunk of basal cell she sliced off my arm would need no further treatment. She said if the mole came back malignant I would need more cutting done. Why the difference in the treatment, if she suspected basal cell in both cases?