That's about 14 stitches you're looking at. Not a pretty picture eh? Maybe, just maybe, somebody else can learn from myI can honestly say that the pain was almost non-existent. Yes, it was rather uncomfortable when the doctor sunk the needles into me to freeze the area. Yes, pulling it all together to sew me up was something I could not really enjoy all that much. But, when we were all done, Dr. Lycka gave me 3 prescriptions and one was for a pain killer. I did not get it filled because I d. For tax purposes, I was able use a cost of almost $600 due toUPDATE: August 2007:March 2008:September, 2010:In May 2011, I had a feeling that the spot on my right temple might not be free of cancer. Plus, there was a spot on mynd
back that didn't look right. So I went to a local dermatologist who took 3 biopsies May 27. Two were on my right templeAt the hospital on July 22, Dr. Wong cut out the Basal Cell Carcinoma on my shoulder with a hole the size of a penny; itOn the morning of Oct. 4, I sent this note to my sister:We are off to the BIG city (Edmonton; 482 km each way) so I can see the new surgeon early Wed. morning to 1-888-939-3333 National Cancer Institute: 1-800-4-CANCERSkin CancerI have Skin Cancer.Who me? Skin Cancer? No way. Other people get it; not me. Yeah, right; that's what I *used* to think. NOW, I know better;How it startedLike the Cat, it Came Back. A year or two after the Efudex effort, a tiny scab re-appeared. It was so small I was tempted to ignore it. I'm not the sort of person who likes to run to a doctor for every little thing. But, hearing the suggestions "A stitch in time saves nine" and such, I decided to have a different local doctor take a look. He suggested that I visit a specialThe SpecialistThe Trip to the SpecialistThe PainBefore I was back home from Edmonton, Dr. Lycka had phoned my home to be sure I was OK. A day or two later, nurse Tracy called to ask how I was doing and to tell me that another appointment had been made for me in November for the 'liquid nitrogen' routine.The Monetary CostFortunately for those of us living in Alberta, we have an excellent Health Care system. Alberta Health Care paid allWhat YOU Can Do to Avoid all this GriefPerhaps I should say, "What YOU MUST do." Nobody enjoys this kind of thing, and you can learn from my experience.Be careful with the sun; protect yourself. If you don't, you will pay later.If you have a spot that you wonder about, have it looked at NOW, not tomorrow.