Skin Cancer On My Scalp?

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    Jul 24, 2016 6:11 PM GMT
    I hate having the genetic skin condition Keratosis Pilaris, especially now at an older age I am finding all kinds of annoying 'spots'. One I have been noticing at least a year now is on the top of my head. I have 'hit' this spot several times accidentally with the dam over head kitchen cupboard door being left open so I always thought this spot was a bruise or cut from hitting the corner of the cabinet door with my head, like while putting dishes away from the dishwasher

    After reading about skin cancer, I am not so sure this spot should be here. I do know that Keratosis Pilaris mimics adult Acne, but looking at internet pictures of types of skin cancer on the scalp looks a bit scary. BCC is the most common type

    Basal Cell Carcinoma
    http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/basal-cell-carcinoma/bcc-treatment-options

    I know what all of you are going to say, go see a doctor to see if its really skin cancer or not. Yeah, I will make appointment next week with the dermatologist, again. I have spent my whole life battling skin issues, what's one more. You know, I have never had a major broken bone in my life (exception, pinky finger got slammed in car door when I was little), but the amount of out of pocket money and or health insurance I have used for medical skin care (as opposed to cosmetic) is probably in the millions of dollars at this point.

    I am hoping the red spot on the top of my head is just a bruise, darkened KP or another skin condition as the result of aging. Argggg icon_mad.gif
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    Jul 24, 2016 6:52 PM GMT

    See, could be other issues. icon_redface.gif


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    Jul 25, 2016 3:11 AM GMT
    Ah! That's what it's called. Who knew ?

    Bummer about the spot. Hopefully it's nothing big.
  • Dynamo_spark

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    Jul 25, 2016 7:46 AM GMT
    You need to get it sorted out. Melanoma is not something to mess about with. Skin cancer, like any other cancer, usually spreads to other parts of the body. Resulting in death. Your doctor can corterise it using a laser.
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    Jul 25, 2016 7:23 PM GMT
    I am a cancer survivor....of BCC, ABCC, Squamous and early stage Melanoma cancers.
    Scalp cancer is not unusual.....and when treated early, involves a minimal amount of cutting...always, at first ...a biopsy of the area.
    BCC is NOT a deadly form of skin cancer.....UNLESS you completely ignore it for YEARS..in which case it will metastasize into other organs and areas of the body and/or become a more dangerous type of cancer cell.
    I have had several scalp lesions removed and actually have not had any major scarring on my scalp...The dermatologist should be able to work with your hairline and bone structure of the skull to minimize any type of scars.
    There are several ways to treat skin cancer, depending on the type, the size, location, if it is recurrent in a "repeat location", and many other considerations for your dermatologist....If it is small and early...they will try to freeze it with nitrogen, or cut it out and suture it together,...or laser it. or radiation, or chemo or gene manipulation therapy...very targeted at the spot....or a combination of these...Generally the process is to start with the lowest level of effective treatment in the doctor's experience. I have been through all of these treatments...several times. Some are much less invasive and not painful at all, with quick healing....others are considerably more intense and require recovery time....to say the least. Do NOT delay in getting this checked! TIME is a HUGE factor.....I go back every 6 to 8 weeks to be checked over for new lesions.... to be early enough to catch anything new popping up...

    http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-basalandsquamouscell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-basal-and-squamous-detailed-guide-toc

    ...And just so you know, and NOT to scare you....but, the first time and every other time you are told that the biopsy and tests are "positive"...and you have cancer.....it is an experience I hadn't known before. For me, Time stands still....the words and sounds and anything else in that room or in your mind....fade to a very distant background....all you can think is "bucket list"?...."how can this be happening? This stuff happens to "other" people, not me! I don't smoke, I use sunscreen, I exercise and eat a healthy diet and use high quality supplements....WTF?" are your sure?...Don't under estimate the stopping power of that word...it is SHOCKING! Even if you had a "suspicion" or an "educated guess"...the actual diagnosis gets your attention in a way I can't begin to tell you. It will pass....follow your doctor's suggestions....you may need to establish a new wardrobe, a new schedule, a different approach to exposure..... BEST OF LUCK! GET IT CHECKED FAST!icon_exclaim.gif
    Gary
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 25, 2016 8:47 PM GMT
    Good luck, mate. I presume you have an annual full body checkover with your dermatologist. I live in the sun so consider an annual checkup just sensible. I'm sure you do, too.
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    Jul 28, 2016 4:43 AM GMT
    Update:

    The only spot found was the one on the top of my head. Derm check said its possible Actinic keratosis (AK) that 'may want to turn' into Basal cell (BCC). I told her everything genetic including I have bumped my head on the over head kitchen cabinet door in the same spot a couple times. She said in six months if it hasn't 'healed' or spot diminished to get a biopsy. AK or BCC is not cancer but is recommended for removal. I did get a peel-able sun burn on the top of my head Dec 2015 during a heat wave at the beach, my short hair cut doesn't help with sun protection. She said I look young for my age! icon_razz.gif

    I have always had oily skin but as I reached a certain age, skin dryness in now setting in. I am now using aloe gel on my head for itching icon_confused.gif
  • interestingch...

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    Aug 10, 2016 2:26 PM GMT
    Having done much research on holistic medicine and diets I have found that if you mix castor oil with sodium bicarb it apparently draws out skin cancer, I don't know if it works but its worth a try if that is the case, its better than a hole in the head from surgery, castor oil has many benefits if used topically, try it and see, let me know how you get on if you try it.