Skin in the game

The skin biopsy I had last week came back positive for pre-cancerous squamous cell carcinoma, so I got the carbolic acid treatment last night and now I’m walking around with a funny-looking scab on my face. (The area where he used the acid is white.)

The thing about dermatologists is, once you have insurance, they want to biopsy everything. So I need to put the brakes on — I can’t afford all these co-pays.

3 Responses to Skin in the game

  1. boohunney January 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I sympathize as one that has had severe chronic skin issues most of my life. I have been in pretty good care at a teaching clinic in Atlanta, but, I have had so many biopsies for lupus (all negative)that I just think I am being used for practice by the interns. 🙂
    I am happy you were able to get treated before it became worse.

  2. quixote January 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Partly, it’s that the doctors don’t want to be sued for malpractice in case another freckle later turns out to be serious. My suggestion would be to ask them exactly which moles/whatever they want to biopsy, and remember the inventory. (Depending how mercenary the docs are, maybe look innocent and say,”Gee, I need to know, so I can budget all the co-pays.”) Then just keep a close eye on them yourself. You know the drill: changes in color, ragged edges, harder texture.

  3. Ron January 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I know the feeling, seems like every time I see the Dr. lately, something needs to be frozen off (well, at least nothing essential). No biopsies yet, thank dog. Keep the faith, Suzi.

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