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Did you know Elisabeth Taylor had a Basal Cell Carcinoma? …

… She had one removed from her cheek in 2002 apparently, as I discovered today.  Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) doesn’t discriminate: whoever you are, whatever your background, it can take hold if you’re not careful in the sun!

And, did you know that George Bush Senior used Efudex to treat pre-cancerous growths? I didn’t but the photo below allegedly shows the effect it had on his face. Just goes to show how extreme the effects of this treatment can be! Poor man.  I’m glad I didn’t have to go out in public looking like that as the skin on my nose never got quite that bad; a bit crusty in places yes but not quite as ‘angry’ looking as this.

Efudix and George Bush

Efudix takes hold on George Bush Senior's face.

Having gone through Efudix treatment, and come out the other end, has made me very reflective and driven my desire to find out as much as I can about Basal Cell Carcinoma, its causes and treatments.  And, in doing so, I came across this presentation which gives a good overview of the condition and talks about the different types of BCC. Worth a look.  Also, I’ve found this video showing the Mohs micro-graphic procedure being undertaken on a patient’s face. Not for the squeamish but lets you see in detail what the procedure entails. I had my BCC removed by Mohs and it helped (after the event, it must be said. I don’t think I could have gone through with the op if I’d seen this beforehand!) to understand how the specialist who performed my procedure was able to ascertain quite how much skin and tissue to cut out. A rather scientific and seemingly accurate process for ascertaining the degree of spread of a Basal Cell Carcinoma.

  1. Sandy
    May 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hi I just read your whole blog as I am using the dreaded cream now. I couldn’t believe you also had a blocked duct as I am investigating that too! Not sure if you’re even still inviting comments but thought I’d check in on you.

    • May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Sandy. Thanks for you comments. I hope your treatment’s going well. Fingers crossed you won’t get a huge reaction from the cream and will just have to put up with the unsightliness of its effects for a little while. Admittedly, your skin doesn’t look particularly attractive whilst you’re going through treatment but it does recover pretty quickly afterwards. Just keep reminding yourself that it’s just for the short term, you’re doing the right thing by using it, and that any effect it does have simply shows it’s doing its job.

      Good luck and let me know how you get on.


  2. Maurice
    August 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I was most impressed with your presentation. I have nine more days to go on my treatment with Efudix. I am doing my face from the hair line to my beard. I often have thoughts in regard to too much, too little but just keep plodding on. My face is extremely sore but my nose is continually in a state of burn. I am thankful for your presentation as it give me a balance of how I am progressing. At a later date I intend to short trim or remove my beard to do my lower face and go thru the whole deal again. A glutton for punishment. I am Male as you would have perceived, 66 years old and I am still working. Indeed I get many strange looks both in the work place and on the street. Once again, thanks you for your presentation.

  3. Pusheen
    July 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m on day 10 of a total face, 2x a day regimen for 28 days. Seeing your photos is especially helpful Glad you are happy with your results.

    • July 17, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Good luck with your treatment Maureen.

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