An 89-year-old man ended up with an eggcrop black tumor that grew from the top of his head after falling over.
George Hobbs, from Gillingham, Kent, left the painful lump to grow nine months and went to three doctor's appointments before finally getting a diagnosis.
He claims that doctors originally told him to go home and take paracetamol before referring him to a dermatologist who said the lump needs to be surgically removed.
The cancer is thought to have been caused by a cut that hit Mr. Hobbs after he hit him when he fell into the bathroom.
Squamous cell carcinoma – a common form of skin cancer – can develop according to experts from the skin damaged by swelling, infection or wounds.
Mr. Hobbs, who has already had bladder cancer, said he & # 39; furious & # 39; was, it took so long to diagnose and said he was nervous about surgery to treat the disease.
George Hobbs, 89, from Gillingham, Kent, has sprouted a piece of skin cancer from his scalp (photo & # 39; s) and claims that doctors initially sent him home with paracetamol
The grandfather of three said: & I am furious that they did not take this seriously to begin with. It really causes me a lot of inconvenience.
& # 39; The specialist at Medway (the clinic he visited) told me that I should never have asked to take paracetamol for that.
& # 39; They were surprised that it had become so bad and said I should have sent them right away. & # 39;
Hobbs slipped his daughter's bathroom in August last year, on the day of his wife's funeral, and cut his head open.
After he patched him up, doctors sent him home. A lump developed over time, which gradually grew in size.
When he was delivered after it turned black, Mr. Hobbs a doctor at The Railside Surgery three months ago.
He claims that the doctor sent him home with painkillers and tried to treat him as well as possible, but the tumor was getting bigger and more painful.
Hobbs claims that the advice was repeated on two new visits until another doctor sent him to dermatologists at the Community Living Health Center in Gillingham.
He was subsequently referred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, which enabled him to visit a specialist during a weekly visit to the Medway Maritime Hospital.
The grandfather visited his doctor three times before he was referred to the specialist. After the diagnosis, which may require surgery, Mr. Hobbs said he was furious
Mr Hobbs, who is now on the list to have emergency surgery, said a specialist was shocked by the delay in his referral. Pictured, the growth that has developed over nine months
CAN A BODY LEAD TO SKIN CANCER?
Dr. Juber Hafiji, spokesperson for the dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation said that skin cancer can be caused by an infection or chronic inflammation.
Squamous cell carcinomas can develop in the skin damaged by other forms of radiation, in burns and persistent chronic sores and wounds, and in old scars.
It can develop if the skin cells are damaged in a way that affects their DNA.
If the DNA is damaged in such a way that it influences the ability of the cells to reproduce properly, this can lead to the uncontrolled division that can lead to cancer.
SCC & # 39; s is a cancer that appears as a scaly or crumbled skin with a red, inflamed base. They can be painful or sensitive and may bleed, but this is not always the case.
People with a weakened immune system have a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
He said: & # 39; I saw another doctor the second time and they looked at it once and told me it was a shame they were dealing with it.
& # 39; The next day I knew that I got a call from the plastic surgery department at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. & # 39;
Mr. Hobbs said last week was told by a specialist that he needs urgent surgery.
He is already recovering from bladder cancer and more surgery is worrying him.
He said: & # 39; They are worried because it is not clear how deep it goes.
& # 39; They say that if it's grown up, they should be able to remove it, but if it's grown down, it's more serious.
& # 39; I'm really very shy and haven't been able to sleep well.
& # 39; They say they should be able to see me on East Grinstead the following week. & # 39;
Skin cancer is usually caused by sun damage, but in rare cases, such as Mr. Hobbs, a tumor can appear after an injury.
Dr. Juber Hafiji, spokesperson for the dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation said: "It is likely that the trauma that George sustained with the head injury could have been the cause of developing skin cancer on this site.
& # 39; Most people are aware of excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation as a risk factor for skin cancer development.
& # 39; There are other less well-known risk factors, including infection and chronic inflammation. & # 39;
It is also possible that Mr Hobbs has a weakened immune system, which also increases the risk of skin cancer, due to his current fight against bladder cancer.
Railway surgery is part of the Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, along with 54 other general practices from all places in Medway.
Director of Primary Care Transformation at CCG Tracy Rouse said: “We are sorry to hear about Mr. Hobbs's experiences.
& # 39; Because the CCG does not track patient data, we advise him to file a complaint by email so that we can fully investigate the issue. & # 39;
WHAT IS A SQUAMOUS CELCARCINOMA?
A squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).
The main cause is too much ultraviolet light exposure from the sun or other sources. This can cause the DNA of skin cells (keratinocytes) in the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) to change.
Sometimes this change in DNA causes the skin cells to become uncontrollable and develop into an SCC.
Squamous cell carcinomas can also develop in the skin damaged by other forms of radiation, in burns and persistent chronic sores and wounds and in old scars. Certain human viral wart viruses can also be a factor. However, SCC itself is not contagious.
The vast majority of SCCs are low-risk skin cancer and can be cured. A small number may return locally and / or spread to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.
Surgery is usually the recommended treatment.
Radiotherapy can also be used to treat SCC. This means letting a ray of x-rays shine on the skin. Multiple sessions are usually required.
A combination of treatments can be used for advanced SCC. For SCC that has spread to other parts of the body, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and / or chemotherapy can be used.
Reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation reduces the risk of getting an SCC.
Source: British Skin Foundation
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