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I have a rodent ulcer on my face.

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I have a rodent ulcer on my face and small mole on my back that the doctor says should be removed. NHS is quoting sometime in February for doing this. Is it safe to wait so long?

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A rodent ulcer (also known as a Basal Cell Carcinoma) is the commonest form of skin cancer. It is very slow growing and very rarely spreads. It has possibly been present on your face for a long time already, so waiting until February won’t make any difference.

If it is large or has already broken through the skin, it would need more urgent attention. I would hope your consultant could expedite the appointment for removal if that is the case. If you are really concerned about waiting you could ring to explain your fears, in the hope to get seen sooner. Alternatively you could pay for it to be removed immediately at a private hospital.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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