Question by Pam S.:
My GP says I have skin cancer. After reading your site, I think it may be squamous cell, as I have scaly patches on my nose; fair skin that doesn’t tan easily, have been treated for a (very) mild form of Psariarsis (ointment only). She has previously removed scaly patches using Liquid Nitrogen, but now recommends that I allow her husband (ENT specialist) to surgically remove the patches on my nose! Please advise.
First of all you need a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and your skin should be evaluated by a dermatopathologist who is an expert in skin pathology. If it is squamous cell, it will need to be surgically removed. It is possible that what you have is pre cancerous actinic keratoses and not fully developed cancer. If that is the case, liquid nitrogen or a topical cream like carac is all you will need. You should protect yourself from the sun and it would probably be wise to find a dermatologist.