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Melanoma on the face
surfing0617 posted:
I spent my life frying. About 17 years ago I had an invasive squamous cell carcinoma removed from the end of my nose. I have avoided the sun since then, and use moisture cream with sunscreen.
Now I've been diagnosed with a melanoma on my forehead. The Dr. is recommending a cream since he said the melanoma is just in the epidermis and it is on my face, instead of surgery. He said cream 3 times week for 90 days. I'm thinking I'd rather have it removed with surgery and live with the scar. I am 68 years old. Would love an opinion.
millicentbash responded:
I'm 64 and had a melanoma removed from my left hand. I asked if I could use cream or something else besides surgery and my doctor said no.

I would suggest that you get a second opinion. Personally, I am not aware of any cream that can remove a melanoma. I could be wrong about that but when I asked my doctor about my hand and using a nonsurgical removal she said that was not a good idea. Perhaps there is something new on the market that I'm not aware of but in any case I would still get a second opinion.
surfing0617 replied to millicentbash's response:
Thank you. I totally agree and had the surgery. I have about a 2" scar, but it is healing nicely and probably won't be real noticeable when it is all healed.
millicentbash replied to surfing0617's response:
Good deal! Yes, a scar can be bothersome but it will heal and will fade away. As I've aged, scars on my face are now "disguised" as wrinkles. Best of luck to you. And remember to get your skin screening done several times a year!
surfing0617 replied to millicentbash's response:
I already have the wrinkles to help hide my scars, including the one on my nose from a previous surgery. My skin screening is now going to be every 90 days. Thank you for your encouragement.

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