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Skin cancer

zohan
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Hi I have just turned 20 years old I have very fair freckle covered skin frequently used the sunbeds for around a year until recently as I noticed another strange new mark. 

I have allot of tattoos and underneath my shin tattoo a bump came very hard sometimes sore then it scabbed(out the way like a horn) fell off and left a hard bumpy scar. I didn’t know allot about skin cancer and the different types just knew I was at risk with my sunbed use and I had burnt myself on them numerous times..

Because it fell off I didn’t go and see anyone my mum told me not to be so silly... I used the sunbeds a few weeks after frequently again and stopped as soon as I noticed on my chest tattoo another scab,that started bleeding a little when I touched it then it fell off and left a scar type appearance and I made a doctors appointment who barely looked at me and told me it wasn’t a melanoma said if I really couldn’t stop then he would use nitrogen.

ive just got home from that appointment and noticed a small sore on the side of my face (unusual as it’s a sore and not a spot) it hurts quite badly and my scalp has one too(it’s also itchy which is peculiar) aswell as my arm I’ve had a proper check there is a few more sores than I initially noticed. My mum is still telling me not to be so silly

i feel so alone and so scared and I really feel like this is not right I know my own body and my skin,

i don’t just get sores and scans that fall off and bleed randomly and ive never had anything like that on my scalp. 

I really would appreciate some advice as soon as possible I’m so scared I don’t know what to do 

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi zohan,

Thanks for getting in touch with us and welcome to our Online Community.

It’s natural to worry about your risk of cancer when you start to notice changes in your skin. It’s good that you’ve now stopped using sunbeds as they can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

As nurses we can’t diagnose what is causing these sores to happen, only a doctor will be able to give you an indication of what they think is causing this to happen. But skin cancers don’t tend to appear all over the body the way that you’re describing.  

We would advise that you make a further appointment with your doctor. Let them know how this is causing you to feel anxious about your health. They will be able to support you. They should be able to let you know what they think is causing these sores to develop and why they don’t think it is a melanoma. Doctors use these guidelines to help them to decide who should be referred to a specialist if they suspect cancer.

There are more common reasons that can cause skin to breakdown other than skin cancer. If things don’t settle down, you could ask if you can be referred to a dermatologist.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.