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Old 03-03-2020, 09:51 AM   #1
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Youthful Indiscretions - Paying for it now

Youthful indiscretions - paying for it now with an 6" long and almost looking like a zipper from my lower eye lid to under my jaw bone. Too much sun over the years and not enough sunscreen equals skin cancer for me, So far, non-invasive melanoma. I've had a discoloration there for years that three different dermatology doctors said "no problem, it's only a couple broken and leaky blood vessels". Wrong! Two operations later, it's probably gone with hopefully no next time. Melanomas require a 1 cm cut on each ide plus the place that needs to be cut out. This means that over an inch of my cheek skin was stripped off (~2.5cm = 1" for those non metric folks) then sewed back together. Yep, it hurts!.

OK, not looking for sympathy - I did it to myself. The reason for this thread is to make others aware of what can happen if not carefull, especially if your heritage, like mine , is fair skinned Northern European then add in a red head Irish father. Those strange spots that you may think are aging/liver spot - get 'em checked by a dermatologist and let him decide what they are.
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Great advice Dave! Sorry that you're going through this! Prayers my friend!
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Great advice Dave! Sorry that you're going through this! Prayers my friend!
Thanks Joe.
Hope others will think about those spots now
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I had this done a couple of years ago, but my scar was only about 2.5 inches. My dad wasn't so lucky back when he was alive. He lost an entire ear from skin cancer. I make sure to go to the dermatologist at least once a year.
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I had this done a couple of years ago, but my scar was only about 2.5 inches. My dad wasn't so lucky back when he was alive. He lost an entire ear from skin cancer. I make sure to go to the dermatologist at least once a year.
I go every 6 months. Already had radiation on the back of my hand and many spots frozen off.
Going in day after tomorrow to get a face peel since the Dr. is always zapping my face with liquid nitrogen.
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I worked highway construction for many years. Always had a hard hat on, but not always a short sleeved shirt.
Been watching for any signs of skin cancer but nothing yet at 73.
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Skin cancer is a pretty common issue, but almost entirely avoidable. A long sleeved shirt and sunscreen can do wonders. So can earplugs. They aren't exactly cute and fashionable, but make your later years so much better.


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Had the same thing on my nose. MOHS surgery and a scar from the bridge to the tip of my nose later, all seems to be going well. My dermatologist has backed me off to every 8 months now. Glad yours was caught before it was too late.


Yes it is my fault. I have worn a wide brimmed hat for the last 20 years, summer and winter. But too little, too late. Never heard of sunscreen when we were kids. Teenagers used to use all sorts of things to help cook the skin including baby oil, iodine and used motor oil. I didn't' but know folks who did, including my wife. So far, she has been lucky.
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I worked highway construction for many years. Always had a hard hat on, but not always a short sleeved shirt.
Been watching for any signs of skin cancer but nothing yet at 73.
I hope you are going to a dermatologist to monitor for skin cancers. They don't always show up in the areas that got all the sun.
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Had three go rounds, my left ear looks as though my dog chewed it.
Tilley hats are great.
Sunscreen is essential.
Ear plugs too and the sound suppressing ear muffs for air travel.
Thanks for bringing this up.
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Yep, I had a bump near my left temple. I now have a scar from my left eye to my left sideburn. Happy to be alive.
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After a 10 hour surgery, a 6 day visit in the hospital, and a month of radiation I look a lot tougher than I used to.
They took half of a cheek, most of the saliva gland on that side, and the lymph nodes over to my ear and then down thru my shoulder and collar bone.
Please people go to the dermatologist regularly. I had no idea that something like this could have killed me as it wasn't melanoma. If you don't trust a doctor go get a second opinion as I too was told "oh that won't turn into anything". Turned out it was like an iceberg, way bigger under the skin than the visible part.
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My wife insisted I go to a Dermatologist just to be checked out. The Dermatologist examined me and about fell out of her skin when she saw a "large spot" growing on the top of my head. It turned out to be melanoma most likely due to the many many days of sun exposure over the years without a hat on. Had it excised and so far, thanks to the grace of God, I am cancer free. I continue to visit twice annually.

My wife was just diagnosed with a cancer of the eyelid, and has to go through some surgery to remove it early next month.

What a wake up call for both of us. I now wear wide brimmed hats, not ball caps as my ears are showing age spots again due to sun exposure.

The blessing is that we have learned from my and my wife's experiences and can pass on this information to our family and friends. Hopefully to save them from a similar or even worse fate. I woke up this morning, so God isn't finished with me yet.

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Sounds as though some other folks have had an unexpected wake up call too. I just hope others read this and make a trip to the dermatologist. I have to say that this past week has been probably right at the top of the list of worst weeks. Today I get the many stitches out and maybe tomorrow enjoy a shave.

In my case, the dermatologist doesn't do the cancer removals of these melanomas. He sent me to a plastic surgeon who does these kinds of surgeries between the cosmetic jobs. This doctor may be about the best in the area according to the reviews so maybe I wont have too much of a scar.

I guess it's a plus, but the doctor made a just-in-case recommendation and appointment for an oncologist and I will be going to see that doctor next week.

I repeat - see a dermatologist, especially if a sun lover or spend a lot of outdoor time either working or playing. The little bit of time may save lots of later pain.
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