This isn’t going to be one of those posts telling you, you must do this or you must do that to protect yourself.
Skin cancer comes in many forms and having lived with dad having it and a previous episode myself, I pretty much knew what it was.
It all started with a spot on the bridge of my nose. After a week it hadn’t gone done, in fact it had grown slightly. It looked more like a boil that needed a good bursting if I’m totally honest.
I got an emergency GP’s appointment and was told there was nothing to worry about, it was a Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and I would get a regular app in the post.
The following week I got an appointment for 13 weeks later. I wasn’t overly happy about the wait and did a bit of research on going privately.
I was seeing my regular GP the next day and spoke to him about it and he thought it would be a good idea to get an appointment privately asap to get a 2nd opinion.
I got an appointment at the Priory Edgbaston the next morning, to be told it was a Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and not a BCC.
She then said I needed re-referring back into the NHS.
I was fairly lucky to get an appointment less than 2 weeks later, to be told it does need surgery, quite intensive surgery with a reconstruction to my nose using a skin graft.
I had to wait longer than I hoped but that was me being impatient and wanting it gone.
I’ve been walking round with a plaster over it to stop people staring, I know they see the plaster, but I’d sooner that than it!
Sadly GP’s are only that, General Practitioners and have no specialist knowledge of skin cancers, the GP also told me that skin cancers CANNOT regress, which I personally know they can and this was confirmed by the private clinic. In my opinion, there needs to be a sort of Triage service that you can go to and a specialist nurse will access you rather than a GP.
I will post some post op pictures after I’ve been back for the stitches to be removed and fill you in with a few of the hurdles I’ve had to overcome even after the op. Also what future precautions I will need to take/do to try to prevent any spread of the cancer.