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Skin Cancer
« on: 07/14/22 12:35 UTC »
Don't mess with this crap guys.

I just came from a derm appointment 5 months prior to the regularly scheduled derm appointment because I had a couple spots that would like to bleed a little. Turns out they are borderline pre-cancer and cancer. The doc froze those two areas.... along with 17 other pre-cancer spots. I look like I have smallpox.... or monkey pox. BUT the freezing is way easier on a person than the knife work that cancer calls for.

Use sunscreen religiously and wear UV rated clothing and I wear caps! I fish primarily in the early morning and lather the sunscreen on at home before leaving so I can wash my hands to get the scent off me, then use a spray sunscreen to do the backs of my hands. Long sleeved UV rates shirts get worn. Spray sunscreen is in the fishing bucket for doing touch ups if I am sweating heavy.

Ma started to mention blood spots on my pillow and that got me to thinking so I had her take a gander at my head and sure enough there were two small spots that had been bleeding. They are in an area that doesn't get rubbed by a cap and I refuse to scratch my bean just because of all the spots on it that have been removed before so I know that the bleeding was not at my hand. The doc didn't really want to excise them yet for biopsy and chose the freezing but they'll get a really good scrutiny at my late fall appointment and I expect I'll see some more knife work then. Just last November she put on an annual check-up, now I am back at every six months.

At every appointment I have between 11 and 20 of these spots froze and have, until now, been able to keep the questionable spots in check. The cancer is aggressive and I have already had 4 cuts to remove cancers: one on a shoulder and two on my face and one on the top of the head. Don't mess with the sun guys, please.
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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #1 on: 07/14/22 13:42 UTC »
About hands I use micro fiber short fingers gloves and as cap have you ever tried the saharian one? it is really good for your neck and throat. Only for your nose the white zinc cream is a must ... belive to a several burnt man from mediterean and tropical sun.
Good luck.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #2 on: 07/14/22 15:43 UTC »
Just had five spots on my forehead froze last week. Got one big spot that developed on my arm that has to come off. Will schedule that one next week. As a farm boy we never wore shirts in the summer...the sun is good for you.  Oh yeah! (I've had seven other spots taken off in the past)

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #3 on: 07/14/22 17:54 UTC »
Here's the top of my head. Feels like a leper up there.

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Offline Les Young

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #4 on: 07/14/22 21:44 UTC »
Dang Tom i hate to hear it. Praying everything goes alright.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #5 on: 07/14/22 22:28 UTC »
Prayers going up for you ctom.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #6 on: 07/15/22 02:36 UTC »
Sounds like your Doc is on top of things but you….and I…..have years of sun damage. Let’s pray for each other and you young guys use sunscreen, wear hats and long pants and long sleeve shirts. No excuse nowadays as the fabrics today make it bearable even in the summer. And also the sunscreens are heads and shoulders above what old Ctom and I had when we were growing up which was really nothing….sun damage is irreversible my friends. Take precautions accordingly. Do it for your family and friends.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #7 on: 07/15/22 06:34 UTC »
  The fishing world has come a long ways on this. You see all the pros wearing protection. Also when fishing tournaments I see more and more guys covering up. Wish I would have done it earlier. Being married to a nurse for the last 23 years has helped the issue with me. Any time I'm out she makes me cake on the sunscreen 50 before hand. It's funny I also hang with a bicycle group and they eat really health and watch their weight but use very little sunscreen. The fishing guys eat terrible are over weight and drink, chew and smoke but cover up in the sun. I guess we're all going to die from something.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #8 on: 07/15/22 06:45 UTC »
Glad you are staying on top of things Tom. Prayers lifted

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #9 on: 07/15/22 08:06 UTC »
My wife has been dealing with two types of cancers, melanoma and uterine cancer. The melanoma was found back in January, when a mole on her back became red and nasty looking and was removed. She's never been a person who liked being out in the Sun a lot, so that's not the only way it can develop. The other cancer was found when they did the scans because of the melanoma. My one son has also gone through it too. His was found in his lymph nodes in his neck, when he felt lumps, and no where else. He was in the Navy, worked as an electrician on a nuclear submarine and thinks he was exposed too much of the radiation. He's had clear scans the last two times, so praying that he's over it.

My wife is currenting undergoing the chemo & immunotherapy treatments. She had the surgeries to remove the majority of it, and now the course of treatment is for removing what they can't detect with the current technology and might still be present. Then, we wait & see and continue praying.

Cancer is nasty stuff. I've had friends and family that have dealt with it and some of them passed away because of it. It's not something to be taken lightly, but fortunately the survival rates now are much better than they were at one time if they find it early enough. Hopefully, someday they'll figure it all out and find cures for it, or how it can be prevented entirely.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #10 on: 07/15/22 10:26 UTC »
Prayers for you and your wife as well bigjim.

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Re: Skin Cancer
« Reply #11 on: 07/17/22 12:49 UTC »
Prayers for you and your wife as well bigjim.

Thank you! Prayers are always welcome!