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Old 05-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #15
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My 1st skin cancer was removed by the salve in 1980 Since that time I have many more removed. After you have a few you will be able to identify a difference quickly and go see your dermatologist. caught early they can be frozen and are gone. I have had them on my back,arms and face. Some of mine look simular to a small pimple or blister that doesnt head or a sore that doesnt heal. The ones that look like a blister or pimple are surgically removed and biopsied. The sores that dont heal are usually frozen. I have also had some that were squamous cell. As we age our skin changes and we get some growths that my Doctor calls the barnacles of life tht are not cancerous (just ugly) The best thing you can do is examine your body when you get out of the shower and watch for any changes in skin Good luck and may you keep a good watch. I am 76 and have a body full of barnacles like an old boat. Kay

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:46 AM   #16
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I had one removed about 4 years ago. They had to make a rather large incision and I have about an inch and a half scar to show for it. The guy was good and you can hardly see the thing.

The key point here is that you need to remain diligent about any changes you see on your skin. It also helps to go in for regular checks and take care of things early. Keep using the sun screen and you should be good to go for the duration.

I am glad to hear that it all worked out for you.

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:09 AM   #17
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It is in the off topic forum and I think is relevant to people like air streamers who spend time outside. I also have sun related skin problems and must wear long sleeved shirts and a good hat when outside. Jim
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:26 AM   #18
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Good topic and an important health issue especially for those outside a lot. DH has had several removed - all in areas exposed daily to sun. He now goes annually to the dermatologist for a full body exam. They have lovely and young techs who do this and so he seems fairly willing
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:39 AM   #19
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Yet another "victim" here. I have had several removed. I am fair skinned and have spent a large portion of my life working out of doors. Usually they have been frozen off, with just a couple being removed surgically. Now I wear long sleeved shirts and hats when working out of doors for extended periods.

I need to find out the name of the clinic Janet's husband uses...

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:48 AM   #20
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If you know me you will notice that I now wear two shirts, a wide brim cowboy hat and glisten with sun screen. My life has always been in the tropics, sailing, working and playing outside. Five years ago I got the worst diagnosis and after treatments I see a dermatologist every six months for a tune up. I guess I will always be known a Robin Two Shirts.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #21
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I go to the dermatologist and oncologist every 6 months for a check-up since I had a diagnosis of prostate cancer and have had several skin cancers such as yours. They normally freeze them off. I had one surgically removed that happened to take up residency on my smallpox scar. Prostate cancer free with no surgery or treatment (lot'sa prayer, I might add)....that is another story..
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:19 AM   #22
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And those of us old enough to remember when nobody's car had air conditioning probably drove with our left elbow out the window. My derm/doc said that is how I got mine.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:34 AM   #23
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As summer approaches, this is a good time to increase awareness of the importance of sun safety and living the Airstream life.

Two years ago I had a squamous cell carcinoma lesion removed from the bridge of my nose by Mohs surgery.

I have read that studies show that sun damage to the skin accumulates over time and that 80% is thought to occur before the age of 18, and this damage reveals itself as we age. But it is never too late to protect the skin that we have now. So that is why I wear broad-brimmed hats, protective clothing, and sunscreen when going outside.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:43 AM   #24
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This a joke. Has absolutely nothing to do with Airstream or RVing in general. I'm sure there are plenty of morbid medical threads where you people can go to discuss your various illnesses it that's your thing. I ask this entire thread be removed.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:53 AM   #25
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I had surgery on my nose and on my arm a few years ago. Now I go in every year and have a check up and will normally have a couple spots frozen off. I also use SPF 70 sun screen more diligently now.

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #26
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Hi, more on my story. At my age, [now 66] every little new bump gets checked by my doctor. She froze many of these spots, but the one on my nose that kept flaking. She sent me to the dermatologist for that one. First the biopsy and later the surgery. The first surgery was a MOHS type in which they test it on the spot to see if they get it all. They made quite a crater in my nose. I opted, or chose, to have the plastic surgery done the same day. At that time, I pointed out a suspicious looking spot on my left temple. So this area was biopsied too. I planned for this surgery to be done as soon as possible. Tests showed that they didn't get it all and that I would have to go back and have the same spot opened again. Tests showed that I was cleared this time. Later I had a spot on my back that wouldn't stop itching, so I had it tested too. The spot on my back tested positive for Basal Cell Carcinoma. Before my scheduled surgery I got what is called "Contact Dermatitis" a reaction from band aids. So instead of having my back surgery before we went on our first cruise ship cruise I had it done when we came home. As I was getting my surgery, I asked my doctor if she could take a little extra out to make sure we get it all. Now I'm waiting for the results, hoping I don't have to have this one re-opened. I'm happy to get this done and over with. The worst part was the about 20 needles that were stuck in my face for the biopsies and surgeries. [they really hurt] I now use more sun screen, wear hats, [I was never a hat person] and stay out of direct sun light. [stay in shaded areas or inside]

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #27
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I hope this helps....after my problems, and much research...I discovered that the recommended approach is....get a Dermatologist to check you regularly. A General Practitioner, or other specialist, do not pick up on problem areas , like yours Bob. Could have saved you a couple Dr. trips.....and even your life.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #28
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Bob, thanks for sharing this. It may alert others to be checked. Every year or two the derm takes out the nitrogen and freezes off what she calls pre-cancerous lesions, presumably basil cell variety. I go more often (annually) since a friend got melanoma in her mid '40's and died.

When I was young, no one worried about the sun. You were encouraged to get a tan and if you got burned, no one thought it might have long term consequences. My doctor (also my father) never worried about sunburns. The 2 vacations we took to Fla. beaches, I used a little of the nearly worthless lotions they had then and got burned. I get things on my head from time to time—like Bob, I was never a hat person until I lived in Buffalo, NY, and froze my head without one. Been wearing hats since.

That post (# 6) was the most insensitive one I've seen in a long time. I have been reading Bob's posts for years now and I feel like he's one of the family. I care what happens to him and wish him well. Al', please consider how you'd feel if someone said what you said when you told them you had an illness.


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