A Quick Tip About Basal Cell Cancers

Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I hear this a lot from patients about basal cell cancers, and they say, “Well doc, if it’s gonna take years on average for a basal cell cancer to kill me. Why am I treating it? I’m 70!” You know, I hear that same argument at 60, at 70, at 80, at 90, and at a 100. Guys, I learned years ago that we don’t know when our time is up.

I thought I was gonna be dead at thirty. I gave away everything I had. Turns out I didn’t die, and I’m here. And the reason I’m bringing this up is that if you’re 70, and you have a basal cell, and you let it go for the next five years, especially if it’s somewhere on head and neck, it will get more and more locally destructive, and you’re gonna have a mess on your hands. Eventually, it does have the chance of spreading internally and killing you. So it’s always better to treat things when they’re small, and when they’re manageable and not that things get out of control.

You don’t know when your time is up, just like I don’t know when mine is up. And if we can do things when they’re easy, when they’re small, so much better than waiting until they’re miserable and potentially unmanageable.