WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman’s face was “forever changed” when a chickenpox scar she had over 20 years ago turned into a skin cancer that took three procedures to remove.
- Louise Thorell, now 32, had a facial scar from when she had chickenpox at 5, but it was only in 2018 when it took on a tougher texture.
- She was then diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and had to undergo three procedures to be cancer-free.
A woman’s face was “forever changed” when a chickenpox scar she had over 20 years ago turned into a skin cancer that took three procedures to remove.
Louise Thorell, now 32, said that she was only 5 years old when she had chickenpox, which left a facial scar. According to the Media Drum World report, it wasn’t until over 20 years later, in 2018, that her scar took on a “waxier,” tougher texture.
The Northumberland, England resident told the news outlet, “Around that time, I accidentally scratched my scar and after that I had issues. It would heal, a scab would form, it would fall off and an open wound would be there until a new scab would form.”
Because she had a family history of skin cancer, she was referred to a specialist.
She was then diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma is usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning booths. The Skin Cancer Foundation explained that it typically appears as open sores, pink growths, red patches, scars, shiny bumps, or growths.
Thorell, however, has never visited a tanning booth and was diligent when it came to sun exposure. But according to her doctor, she may have had cancer for years without knowing it.
She then underwent Mohs surgery, an operation that is described by the Mayo Clinic as the removal of thin layers of cancer-containing skin until only cancer-free tissue remains.
Thorell’s cancer was finally removed after three procedures.
She told Media Drum World, “He did tell me it did start off as a chickenpox scar, and it’s possible I’ve had BCC for years.”
Thorell is now thankful to be cancer-free. She is now advising others to take extra notice of any changes in their skin and to have it checked immediately.
Source: FOX News