If a Dr freezes a place they say is precancerous, how bad does it look? Or do they just do that for all precancerous places on the skin? Mine was on my temporal area (right side). I also have another spot she will probably look at on the other side. I have had probably 3 other times that I have been looked at for cancer. But, never have been told the "PRECANCEROUS" term. Should I be nervous? I find out in a week from today.
Precancerous skin lesions are changes in skin that aren't cancerous, but could become cancer over time.
It is very possible that you are having actinic keratosis (red or scaly patch), a precancerous lesion that forms on sun-damaged skin, affecting the most superficial skin layer, that eventually will turn into squamous cell carcinoma.
Cryosurgery, or freezing the affected tissue is one of the most common treatment for AK.
AK are usually very responsive for treatment, but, regular follow ups are important for checking for relapse or new precancerous changes.
I have it done every year-last year had one frozen off my forehead and two the nose. I am a poolman by trade and play golf. Better to get this than an internal cancer-very treatable. No big deal. Just visit your dermatologist at least annually. They come off in a few weeks.