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Hi there, I have been calling on Dr Google over the past week since I had what the dermatology consultant called a basal cell carcinoma removed from my Labia Majora. This searching has led me to this site and I just wanted to reach out to others who may have experienced this or those that may benefit from my journey.
I have had a small red lump in the area for 4+ years, initially believing it was folliculitis and was treated with antibiotics back 3 years ago. I carried on thinking it would always be a vulnerable area thus never thought much of it being anything too harmful. It always would itch in the shower and bled now and then, more so after friction and wearing sanitary wear. I tried squeezing it, dressing it (I’m a nurse :)) but because it never swelled, broke out and wasn’t classically looking infected I ignored it hoped one day it would disappear. I used to work in gynae oncology and was also a practice nurse so I knew there was potential for discomfort/disfigurement and because I never believed it could be cancer I lived with it.
Roll-on to this time last year. I went to my GP as it appeared there was a further lump underneath the skin leading to the back passage which was not visible and this seemed to trigger my brain....come on, stop being stupid and just get it checked out. The GP could give me no answer and took photos and forwarded it with the referral to my local dermatology dept. I was advised if there was concern they or dermatology would contact me. I never heard anything until 2 weeks ago. I didn’t chase it as I thought they had reviewed it and all was OK.
The dermatology clinic rang me and I was booked in for an evening appt, where the consultant looked with his visible eye and said it appeared to be an angioma but nothing sinister. They gave me the option to keep it or remove it and I opted to remove as it was aggravating me too much, more so because of the delicate area it was in.
A week later they rang me with a Sunday appt and I jumped at it as it meant I did not need time off work. A different consultant looked at it with a magnifying viewer and told me he has only ever seen one of these before in his career, as it’s such an unusual place for it to be considering it doesn’t see sunlight. He told me it was a basal cell carcinoma. I was given local anaesthetic and he removed it, along with the lump underneath the skin. I was in total shock as I was expecting a little nick and a quick recovery. Instead I had internal and external stitches. He wasn’t able to clarify if it had all been removed and told me my results would be in the post. I had my stitches removed on day 8 and my wound is now well healed with an unscheduled week off work and putting my feet up.
Ive written a long post because I have appreciated others stories about their cancer journey and I’d like to share mine with others that may be in the same boat even if it is just a scare.
Im now day 10 following excision and waiting for my results. Naturally I have all sorts of fears running through my head, but until those results land on my door mat I’m trying to remain super posite. Fingers crossed it all works out well. Happy to share more for others!
Hi Lilac123 and a very warm welcome to the online community
Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience with BCC. I'm sure others in future will find the information you've provided helpful.
It's good that the healing process is going well and I hope you don't have too much longer to wait for your results.
Do come back and tell us how you get on.
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Thank you. I certainly will
Wow! And Hi!
I didn't realise you can get them anywhere on the body?! I thought face, head, legs, arms... I guess I haven't given it much thought.
I'm so glad you went though! And I also hope you're results are great when they come back, and come back soon, and that with those results you'll have a sense of huge relief!
The mind boggles with BCC, I'd never even heard of it untiI got it!
This group is invaluable, it really is, I'm so glad it's helping so many people, including myself, it's good to be able to share.
I'm glad it's almost over for you and then you can move forwards and leave it in the past.
Words are very powerful,
I hope someone can take something positive from my story as I have done from others on this site!
Thanks for the message and taking the time to comment. I will certainly update when the results come in.
Just a quick update for those reading - started antibiotics 3 days ago. Wound was lovely and healed and then.....surprise....a lovely abscess underneath! Has come up through the scar line so back to dressings! I thought I was too lucky to get away with no infection, considering the area it’s in!
Healing nicely though and no sign of the results as yet. Had a sneaky ask at the GP but there was nothing! Ha!
will keep posted!!:)
Oh, no Lilac123. What a pain, quite literally probably!
Hope the antibiotics do the trick.
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