Skin cancer arises due to prolonged sun exposure, making the ears and the nose particularly at risk, especially the ears, where we frequently miss applying enough sun-block cream.
My patient had a lump on his ear for around a year, which kept bleeding and he would wake on many mornings with blood on his pillow. He tried treating it himself with various creams but unfortunately this was not going to help.
On closer inspection, the ear had an irregular patch of ulcerated and indurated skin, along the edge of his pinna. This needed removing by surgery. The histology confirmed this is BCC.
Through minor surgery the affected skin was removed and the ear was reconstruction using skin from the entire ear.
The patient recovered well and now always applies sunblock to his ears before heading out in the sun. Don’t you forget too!