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Are they maliganant melanoma or the slower spreading squamous or basal cell carcinomas?
I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma 2 years ago and have quite a large scar on my arm but it is not as noticeable. I can only suggest that you tell her what she probably already knows - it could spread and kill her. sorry to be blunt but I've been there.
Doesn't surprise me about the GP - it took me a year of pestering to get mine removed and even then they weren't going to send it off for testing.
Up to them really. If GP is unfussed, then they are almost certainly Squamous Cell Carcinomas or Basal cell carcinomas, which don't spread to other areas. They often do form patches as they are very directly linked to sun exposure. Very easy to treat with radiotherapy, which won't leave a scar and for patches like this has no side effects.
funny, I was just talking to my GP about this today as I have an interesting small patch on the side of my face - he thinks it might be a rodent ulcer, which is another name for basal cell carcinoma, but it's too small to tell just yet. He said it is possible to get them frozen out (like with warts only more harsh treatment) and the scarring is minimal (an obvious concern when it's on the side of my face!). So if it is a BCC then tell the person about the freezing option.
Skin cancer of the BCC and SCC varieties are so common that they are excluded from the cancer statistics in this country (and probably everywhere) as including them would make the cancer rates enormously much higher than they are already.
You can also get BCCs removed by a new surgical technique which leaves minimal scarring - tthey remove a piece, then test to see if any cancerous cells remain at the site, if so, remove a bit more, then a bit more, until it's all gone. So the surgery lasts the best part of a day but is less destructive than other kinds. There is a skin cancer trust that has info on it. It's available in Oxford and a few other places.
I think there is something about skin cancer which causes ostrich behaviour - and maybe the medics collude with that because it's a 'less serious' kind of cancer than others.
Also if you think about the amount of cosmetic surgery done nowadays, fixing a face shouldn't be beyond the wit of man or woman.