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Woman's 'stress pimple' turns out to be rare form of cancer
April 23, 2017
Jodie Dominy thought the small lump on her chin was simply a "stress pimple" and let it be. Little did she know, a nightmare was lurking beneath the surface of her skin.
According to the Huffington Post, Dominy attributed the blemish on her chin to the stress of motherhood and figured it would heal on its own. When it remained on her face, Dominy's doctor assured her it was simply a "fatty cyst" and sent her on her way. Two years later, she learned the truth.
The lesion grew over the course of those two years, but it wasn't until Dominy began experiencing pain from the coin-sized lump that she considered having it removed. After all, the doctor told her that the "fatty cyst" was benign but could be removed for cosmetic purposes.
A biopsy revealed that Dominy was suffering from dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), an incredibly rare form of cancer. The Pan Birmingham Cancer Network states that DFSP develops in the second layer of the skin, called the dermis. It manifests as "reddish brown or skin coloured growths in the skin that eventually grow into bulging masses that may become tender and bleed." Though this type of cancer typically grows slowly, it can be aggressive in certain cases. Surgery is the only option for treating DFSP.
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In the photo above, Dominy shows off her scar from where a sample of the tumor was taken for testing.
Here is an image of Dominy three days after surgery. According to a Facebook post, Dominy underwent a complex procedure to completely remove the affected tissue. She writes:
"I have had a 3cm area that bordered the cancer of healthy tissue removed. Dfsp does not react to Radiation and chemo. I have ongoing facial reconstruction surgeries still to come this year to create a jawline and some form of normality to my face aswell as ongoing speech therapy and occupational therapy on my arm to try and gain full access of it."
Dominy also claims to be one of eight reported cases of DFSP in Australia and is the only patient whose cancer developed on the facial region. Despite the trauma she experienced, she is optimistic about the future. Dominy tells her readers, "The next 12 to 18 months will see me continue on my journey but I am strong and know that at the end of this I will be ok."