May 24, 2022

ANDREA Moser has always believed that the flat brown mark on her lips is a place of beauty.

The 49-year-old noticed that he had begun to grow in size and change color.

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Andrea Moser always thought that the brown patch on her upper lip was a place of beauty.Credit: Jam Press
When she saw that her shape and color had changed, she was disturbed by her clear complexion

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When she saw that her shape and color had changed, she was disturbed by her clear complexionCredit: Jam Press
The dermatologist found out that Andrea had squamous cell skin cancer, which had to be removed from her face.

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The dermatologist found out that Andrea had squamous cell skin cancer, which had to be removed from her face.Credit: Jam Press

This happened in January 2020 and because of the clear color of her skin, Andrea said she went to her GP for a checkup.

She claims that the GP told her that it looked “just like a normal mole” and that she did not have to worry about it.

But one day while scrolling through Instagram, Andrea, who lives in Montana, USA, noticed that someone had an annual skin test and decided to see a dermatologist.

She immediately found several areas of concern – including a warning mark on her lip.

He underwent a biopsy and found a scar on his back with squamous cell skin cancer and, at the time, he thought the scar on his lips was in the pre-cancerous stage.

Andrea, who works as an estate agent, said she was glad she went in, although she did not think it was a sign of cancer.

She said her mother was upset because she had already removed some of the stains.

While Andrea was worried about the scars, she was relieved that they were a more common form of cancer that could be cured by how fast she was away from the scars.

In March 2020, he underwent a procedure to remove a scar on his back along with his lip mark.

He was told that doctors would need to make a large incision to cover the area around the mole.

“It simply came to our notice then. [the hole on my back] Closed and scratched it.

“But they wanted to make sure they got the whole space over my life to make it more invasive.

What is squamous cell carcinoma?

It is a cancer of the keratinocyte cells that grow in the outer layer of the skin.

These cells are found mainly on the face, neck, bald head, arms, back of hands and lower part of legs.

It is the second most common type of skin cancer and can be:

  • Itching
  • Keep a tight, crispy hat
  • Embossed skin
  • Tender to touch
  • Sometimes there is bleeding.

When detected early, skin cancer can often be successfully treated.

The treatment of skin cancer depends on a number of factors.

Types of treatments Depending on the type of skin cancer, how far it has spread, where the cancer is and at what stage it is.

The primary treatment for skin cancer is surgery to remove it from the affected area.

Generally, the surgery performed is minor and is performed under local anesthetic.

“They had to cut the whole mole and make a big incision along the line of my smile so that the skin could be pulled back and made sure it didn’t look like there was a hole on my lip.”

“I didn’t know it would be a big deal, but thankfully I had an amazing surgeon who did a great job,” he said.

Once removed and tested, experts found that the mole was melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

When it comes to moles, they are usually about a quarter of an inch in size, uniformly brown, tan or black and can be flat or raised.

Some are present at birth, but most appear as babies or young adults, and once they have developed, they usually remain the same size, shape and color.

The most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or when the mole changes shape.

However, the doctors believed that they had removed the entire mole from Andrea’s face because the surface area had been taken.

It was a wake-up call to me about how important it is to check regularly and wear sun protection clothing.

Andrea Moser

Andrea said she was shocked because she never thought something like this could happen to her and it took her a long time to get into the habit of making incisions in her face after surgery.

“My smile is a little different now but it’s also a reminder that I managed to overcome it and not win melanoma,” he said.

Andrea is now more active than ever when it comes to her skin care routine and says that she now uses SPF lotion on her face every day, even in winter.

After looking at her old photos, Andrea said she saw the mark grow since 2009.

She has now shared her story online to educate others about the dangers of cancer and to encourage them to go for regular skin tests.

Andrea said: “It was a wake-up call for me about how important it is to check regularly and get protection from the sun.

“I spent many years ignoring it and I was hoping that sharing it would help other people check in before it’s too late.

“I’ve heard a lot of stories from people who decided to check so I was happy. Some didn’t get anything but others got stuff and they managed to take care of it.

Surgeons removed a large part of Andrea's face.  It was later discovered to be melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

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Surgeons removed a large part of Andrea’s face. It was later discovered to be melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.Credit: Jam Press
Andrea said she is happy with the extent to which her face has improved and is now encouraging others to have an annual skin test.

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Andrea said she is happy with the extent to which her face has improved and is now encouraging others to have an annual skin test.Credit: Jam Press

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