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PSA .... Take Care Of Yourselves Tundra Brothers & Sisters

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by DJFaninTN, Jan 26, 2020.

  1. Jan 26, 2020 at 7:32 PM
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    DJFaninTN

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    I saw another thread earlier today on here about someone losing a couple of friends to cancer. I recently found out that I had skin cancer on my head and face. I've been going to the dermatologist for the past year. There have been a few places they've frozen over the last several months but got some news that two biopsies they sent in for testing came back positive. They gave me the choice of surgery or radiation. I chose radiation. Better results have been seen from radiation vs surgery. There are some side effects but for me this was the best choice.

    As a kid of the 60's & 70's we didn't really know much about sunscreen and my parents didn't make much money so we never wore it. As an adult I've tried to be better at applying sunscreen but there have been many times where I just didn't really think about it. And if you think you cannot get skin cancer, there are many examples of people getting skin cancer who never go out in the sun so it can happen to anyone and on any place on their body. Yes it can kill you if it goes untreated.

    So for me it's sunscreen daily and wearing a hat here is sunny Florida. I never thought I'd have cancer before the age of 60. Thank God for having AFLAC to cover the cost of the radiation treatments.

    I encourage everyone to go and get screened at least once a year. Your family, friends and your wallet will thank you.
     
  2. Jan 26, 2020 at 7:35 PM
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    COMiamiFan

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    I go check myself out cause of some moles to make sure they are benign.

    Take care of that
     
  3. Jan 27, 2020 at 5:53 AM
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    Basal cell, squamous cell, or melanoma?

    Therapy I've experienced from four different dermatologists for basal and squamous is any suspicious spots, unless clearly cancer, have been frozen twice. If they keep coming back after a couple of freezings, then they are cut off and biopsied. Obvious cancers are cut off and biopsied as diagnosed. If pathology indicates malignant, the next step is usually Mohs surgery where the area is excised in thin cuts as many times as it takes to have the edges free of cancer cells. The pathology is done with you in the waiting room. A good Mohs surgeon can get it all in two cuts. Radiation has never been offered to me.

    I agree...If anyone is not seeing a dermatologist annually, you should be...Especially if you fair-skinned.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2020 at 3:57 PM
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    Squamous Cell. The cool thing about radiation is they can and do an ultrasound before each radiation treatment. This way they know they are zeroing in on the correct spot plus they can tell if it is shrinking or not or how much radiation is needed.

    I am scheduled for 20 rounds so I am almost half way through it.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2020 at 5:18 PM
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    Here's hoping everything works out for you. I've been a surfer for 35 years, lived in the Caribbean for 2 1/2 years. I hear you about protecting your skin. Can't say that it was always my priority, but I do plan on getting screened by a dermatologist.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM
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    At my age (70) I get inspected about every six months by a dermatologist. As a youth, we spent every summer day out in the sun (hiking, around the pool, just being outdoors). It was considered healthy to have a rich tan and we did that every year.

    Now I get checked to make sure nothing is happening as a result of my youth. I've had a couple of small non-lethal pre-cancerous lesions removed (some with liquid nitrogen, others by surgery) but so far nothing serious.

    Dan
     
  7. Feb 4, 2020 at 2:55 PM
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    I hear ya! My wife used to work for a dermatologist so I hear about it all the time. Fl here too so yes the sun is brutal.
     

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