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Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer diagnosed in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer are squamous cell and basal cell cancer. Basal cell cancer is the most common form of skin cancer and accounts for around 90% of skin cancers diagnosed in the U.S. Unlike squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer is a slow-growing cancer that rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Basal cell cancer forms in the basal cells, located at the bottom of the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. Basal cell cancer is most likely to form in men and is more common as age increases, but the average age of onset has decreased, and it has started to become more widespread among women.

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing basal cell cancer. These risk factors can include:

* Excessive exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation.
* Skin complexion. Those with a fair complexion have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Also, those with freckles and moles are more likely to develop skin cancer.
* Family history. Those with a family history of skin cancer, run a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
* Prolonged exposure to radiation or arsenic.
* Sever sunburns.
* Geography. The closer you are to the sun, the higher your exposure level to ultraviolet radiation.

Although the above can increase your chances of developing basal cell cancer, they do not guarantee that you will develop skin cancer. However, if you do have any of these risk factors, it is important to keep track of any changes that may occur to your skin.

Basal cell cancer can develop anywhere on the body, but is most often found on areas of the body that are exposed to environmental elements such as the hands, face, neck and other areas of the body that receive a great deal of sun exposure.

Basal cell cancer often has characteristics that can be easily recognized. And although these characteristics may be the result of other less serious skin conditions such as psoriasis, if you notice any of these characteristics, you need to make an appointment to visit a medical professional to make sure.

Possible basal cell cancer characteristics to look for include:

* An open sore that remains open for a long period of time. This open sore may bleed, ooze or crust.
* A reddish area of skin that may itch or hurt.
* A bump or nodule that has a pearly shine to it. This bump will often be pink, red, or white in color. It may also be a tan, black, or brown color.
* A pink crater type growth. This growth may have a slightly elevated border that continues to grow.
* An area of skin that resembles a scar. This patch of skin will often be a waxy white or yellow in color and have poorly defined borders.

If you notice the development of any patches of skin that exhibit these characteristics, it is important that you make an appointment to see a medical professional.

There are a variety of treatment options that are often used to treat basal cell cancer. The treatment method used will depend on a number of factors including the extent of the disease and the overall general health of the person receiving the treatment. Possible treatments include:

* Surgery - Surgery is one of the oldest forms of treatment used to treat basal call cancer, and still one of the most commonly used. Surgery is often used as a method to remove the cancer and prevent it from metastasizing.
* Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapy is a treatment method that uses high-energy rays to shrink or kill cancerous cells.
* Photodynamic Therapy - Photodynamic therapy is a new treatment that allows doctors to treat basal cell cancer without harming the surrounding tissue.
* Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy treats basal cell cancer with drugs that can destroy skin cancer cells by impeding their growth and reproduction.
Current Location: Wilmington, NC
Current Mood: calmcalm
18 October 2010 @ 10:04 am

I am deciding to write my fears and triumphs instead of on Facebook. Some of my so-called 'friends' over there are a little put off about my life... So I have decided to start using my Livejournal and telling 'them' to FUCK OFF!!!

On Wednesday Sept 13th I went to my dermatologist to have a mole under my eye checked out. She was not concerned, but did do some measurements and scheduled me for a follow-up on Oct 13th. as soon as she looked at the mole she said it had changed and she had me sign paperwork for her to remove it and send it off to pathology for testing. On Friday October 15th at 9:36am EST I received a call from her office with my test results...

The report was positive for Basal Cell Carcinoma... I had skin cancer... I was then informed that my doctor was not in the office that day and that when she came in on Monday she would refer me to a doctor for surgery.

HOW DARE THEY TELL ME THIS KIND OF NEWS OVER THE PHONE..... I WAS PISSED OFF.... I WAS SCARED SHITLESS.... This is one of my greatest fears.... to have a major health issue and I have no husband (he lives in Moorhead City, NC with his girlfriend) and no family (we have been estranged for many years, with no hope of reconcile)

I did get through the day with with support from my friends on facebook. They kept me sane and upbeat. I appreciate them. Though a couple of them were rude and just downright mean.... don't worry... they have been unfriended and blocked.

I will spend the next month sharing my research on this condition. Here is a small list of what I have learned so far...

1. Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer.

2. Skin cancer is divided into two major groups: nonmelanoma and melanoma.

3. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

4. According to the American Cancer Society, 75% of all skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas.

5. Basal cell skin cancer almost never spreads. But, if left untreated, it may grow into surrounding areas and nearby tissues and bone.

6. The rate of basal cell skin cancer returning is about 1% with Mohs surgery, and up to 10% for other forms of treatment.

7. Smaller basal cell carcinomas are less likely to come back than larger ones.

8. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

Prognosis looks good for me.... it was a very small mole under my right eye. and when she removed it last week she said the area underneath look really good. So I am very hopeful.
Current Location: Wilmington, NC
Current Mood: scaredscared
06 September 2010 @ 12:52 am
Well is it???
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
03 September 2010 @ 04:34 pm
I really should start posting daily and get to know all my livejournal friends... and make some new livejournal friends.

TODAY.... I just need a hug.... I helped my friend diesa_j move yesterday and now it hurts for me to move... but she is my best friend and if she called today for help again I would do it.

So now I ask you.... What do you want me to post about??? Ghost Hunting??? My pets??? Harry Potter???
Current Mood: soresore
19 August 2010 @ 11:08 am
Soteria passed away August 1st from complications of her Esophageal Stricture. She was much loved in her short life. A friend is helping me make a memorial video which will be on youtube soon. I want to thank all my friends who helped me through this difficult time.
Current Mood: sadsad
01 August 2010 @ 08:52 am
My familiar, Soteria is doing bad today... I am afraid she wont last much longer... I have said my goodbyes and made her as comfortable as I can. I am very heartbroken right now. I hate that she suffers and there is nothing more that I can do for her.
25 December 2009 @ 11:42 pm
Well it's now 11:43 pm and still no sign of Santa or a Irishman named Barry..... That just sucks.... Since I can't get any Xmas love after being good all year..... My New Years resolution for 2010 will be...... I am going to be bad..... really, really bad ALL NEXT YEAR!!! You have now been warned!!!
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
18 December 2009 @ 10:36 am

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Traditional, Vibrant, and Tasteful

27 Islamic, 1 Impressionist, 13 Ukiyo-e, -18 Cubist, -19 Abstract and 5 Renaissance!

Islamic art is developed from many sources: Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine styles were taken over in early Islamic architecture; the architecture and decorative art of pre-Islamic Persia was of paramount significance; Central Asian styles were brought in with various nomadic incursions; and Chinese influences . Islamic art uses many geometical floral or vegetable designs in a repetitive pattern known as arabesque. It is used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and infinite nature of Allah.

People that like Islamic art tend to be more traditional people that appreciate keeping patterns that they learned and experienced from their past. It is not to say that they are not innovative personalities, they just do not like to let go of their roots. They like to put new ideas into details and make certain that they will work before sharing them with others. Failure is not something they like to think about because they are more interested in being successful and appreciated for their intelligence. These people can also be or like elaborate things in their life as long as they are tasteful. They tend to prefer geometric patterns and vibrant colors.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Current Mood: awakeawake
28 November 2009 @ 07:35 pm
I wish I was getting this for Christmas!!! Thanks Jenny for making me a new userpic!!!
Current Location: at home
Current Mood: bouncybouncy