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Old 11-21-2021, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default Wear your sunscreen!

It's never to late to get skin cancer. Even in the winter, you skin can get damaged. Most of mine was probably done when I was in my 30s and 40s. It can come back and bite you, LITERALLY!



This next one is gonna be unpleasant for a little while. It popped up rather quick for a basal cell. And has been growing faster than norm.
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Going this coming Wednesday to get it removed. First signs were back in July/Aug. Did the biopsy 3 weeks ago. And saw the doctor who's going to do it Friday. Name:  20211121_081625.jpg
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Old 11-21-2021, 10:43 AM   #3
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This is the second one. Had the first removed in 2010 by a different doc. Had the incision site swell over the stitches. Then they had to cut the stitches out. That hurt more than the surgery because of the swelling and tenderness of the site. Got a few small scars from cutting them out that can be seen in the first pic. First pic is of the scar tissue left. Second is of the swelled over stitches before removed. Name:  20211121_082311.jpg
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Old 11-21-2021, 10:44 AM   #4
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Prayers up that it all goes well and that all of the bad cells are removed.

Great message to share! hopefully parents teach their kiddos early on about the damage sun exposure can inflict on the human skin. I am a big believer that a lot of the issues that manifest later on in life are caused by the abuse we inflict on our bodies early on in life.
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I agree 100% Pedernal. And thanks for the Prayers. I used to be "Bullet Proof" when I was in my 30s and 40s, much less my 20s.
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Dang Michael, that looks painful

Unfortunately, most of us did things 20-30 years ago that we had no concern about what would result in time.
Now we just have to make sure that any irregularity is addressed ASAP in case it is something serious

Hopefully the younger TBH crowd sees this and takes note
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:25 AM   #7
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Oh man. I know your pain.

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Old 11-21-2021, 11:28 AM   #8
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Good heads up. I work outside and I try to remember to wear mine, especially on face and ears.

Hope they get you fixed up.
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I feel your pain, or I will come Wednesday. That’s when I get one gouged out of my lip. It ain’t my first rodeo as I’ve had several cut out from my neck, face, and arms, but this is the first one on my lip. It hurts just thinking about it.
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:33 AM   #10
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Shoot I hear this. Melanoma runs rampant in my family. I'm only 28 and already get checks yearly. My oldest brother got it at 32 behind his ear luckily they were able to remove it all. My ex wife's brother had it but didn't get it checked out early enough and it ended up taking his life.

If you have any family history of skin cancer or any kind of cancer really best to start getting checked asap. Both of my parents and already mentioned oldest brother have had it. I'm assuming myself and the middle brother aren't far behind.


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Old 11-21-2021, 11:37 AM   #11
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I feel your pain, or I will come Wednesday. That’s when I get one gouged out of my lip. It ain’t my first rodeo as I’ve had several cut out from my neck, face, and arms, but this is the first one on my lip. It hurts just thinking about it.

Well, it's confirmed! We must be brothers, cause mine is Wednesday also.




My Dad lost 25% of his nose from 2 surgeries. Also the top of his ear, part of his upper lip, and part of his lower lip.
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:45 AM   #12
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24 Years USAF Flightline Texas, Guam and Hawaii. Lots of Sun and it was a time when Sunscreen wasn’t even a though. I have had my face all carved up.

Now after 10% SC from the VA I get Sunscreen sent to my door every month.
Use it after shaving everyday.
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:50 AM   #13
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I don't wear short sleeve shirts outside for the last 8-years. ALWAYS wear a 3" brimmed hat, no ball caps. And, frequently have "neck shade" on the hat. And, frequently have on glove, even in the summer.

May not be too stylish, but cutting off cancers will get your attention.
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:55 AM   #14
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Had a biopsy and it turned out to be Squamous Cell Carcinoma on top of right ear. About 1/4" long. Was told it is very common.
Having it trimmed away in the morning.
Can be a 4 hour procedure as they'll be trimming layers away, test and trim until it's clear of cancer if I'm lucky.
This waited until I turned 72 to show up. Ball caps don't work well.
Surgeon is an absolute 10.
Procedure is called MOHS.

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Old 11-21-2021, 12:07 PM   #15
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Old 11-21-2021, 12:21 PM   #16
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good thread. I try and wear a cap when I expect a lot of exposure, and carry the sunscreen with me to apply as needed.
And yes, I've sunburned when it was cloudy!
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Old 11-21-2021, 12:43 PM   #17
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I would say that this procedure is "no skin off my nose". But....
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Old 11-21-2021, 12:46 PM   #18
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Great illustrative reminder!
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Old 11-21-2021, 02:28 PM   #19
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Dang Mike. I’m sorry you’re having to go through this. Thanks for the reminder to wear sunscreen even in the winter. I really should start.
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So how did you find the cancer? Is it a black spot or just slightly off color? Tender area?
I’m light complected so I worry about this all the time.
Good luck on the recovery!
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42 and had 2 biopsied Monday. Waiting on results. This is a great reminder for Everyone to wear sunscreen and do not think you are immune to it!
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Old 11-21-2021, 05:33 PM   #22
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Yep, use your sunscreen. I had a basal cell cancer cut off my nose a few years back that required a skin graft.
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So how did you find the cancer? Is it a black spot or just slightly off color? Tender area?
I’m light complected so I worry about this all the time.
Good luck on the recovery!
For me, flaking skin and bleeding. Tiny spot the size of a BB
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Old 11-21-2021, 05:47 PM   #24
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I don't wear short sleeve shirts outside for the last 8-years. ALWAYS wear a 3" brimmed hat, no ball caps. And, frequently have "neck shade" on the hat. And, frequently have on glove, even in the summer.

May not be too stylish, but cutting off cancers will get your attention.
Same here, covered head to toe. Like most of you, I couldn’t be bothered with silly things like sunscreen and hats when I was in my 20s and 30s because “getting old” wasn’t part of my long-term plan. Life has a way of making you humble, though, as nowadays my dance card is filled more with doctors appointments than it is with dances. ((pouting))
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Mine was the size of a dime on my upper left arm that itched and would scab over. Dermatologist saw it, got concerned and the biopsy said basal cell carcinoma. Now when i go outside to get on the zero turn, tracto or work around the olace it is long pants, shirts, floppy hat and gloves. At 68 i do not need any more of the word "cancer" to come from a doctor! We did the burn and scrape and chemical burn for a while. Place looks better but go back in 1 month for a second follow up!

I will continue to go back on a regular basis to have everything checked.
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Old 11-21-2021, 07:03 PM   #26
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Thoughts and prayers for you Mike that the diagnostics and surgery remove all the bad cells. Recently had large melanoma removed from my upper arm. Post op and 6 month ct scan show no bad cells.

Thanks for reminding all that we are not bullet proof. Cover up and wear sunscreen as we all love the great outdoors.
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Also, to add, my wife works for a derm in Kingwood. Not all sunscreens are made the same. She brings home sunscreen with mineral blockers. I always thought sunscreen was sunscreen. Hope this helps and op sorry to hijack
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Thanks for the PSA. Skin cancer is nothing to mess around with.
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So how did you find the cancer? Is it a black spot or just slightly off color? Tender area?
I’m light complected so I worry about this all the time.
Good luck on the recovery!

Both of mine started with just a bit less than a pinhead sized drop of blood. This one would scab over, heal, go away, then come back and repeat the cycle. Then it just scabbed over and not heal. Only reason it healed this time is the biopsy. And not healing is what got me concerned. In the first pick, you can see the discoloration and the small depression in the skin that is circled.



First one looked like a pimple starting. But wouldn't form ahead. Then it would get a pinhead sized spot of blood after showering. Then looked like a tiny crater about 1/8". I looked it up on the net and found a pic of a lady that had one that looked identical in the very same location. So I went and got a referral to confirm it.


There are a ton of pics on the net about all three types of skin cancers. Basal cell, Squamous cell, and Melanoma.
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Old 11-21-2021, 10:31 PM   #30
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Prayers up for you Mike.
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Prayers Up. Hope you are good to go now. Have had crap burned/froze off for a while now.

Being young & dumb is coming back to haunt me.
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I had one in the same place as your first, was lucky enough to have a piece of my ear graphed on
So no terrible scar , last 6 years been putting my doctors kids through school and keeping the liquid nitrogen suppliers busy , having red hair and freckles , I should have been more prudent
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:36 PM   #33
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Prayers up Mike!

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Thanks all. I really just wanted to make this more of an awareness thread. But I also appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, this is the last one I have.

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MOHS surgery this AM.
I'm as ready as I'll ever be. Hope it's over quickly.
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Mike, We are here if’n you need anything. Just a few minutes away.

. I was thinking this morning on the drive back, if’n you need a skin graft, I have some to help a friend out.


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Old 11-22-2021, 01:05 PM   #37
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Well, MOHS Surgery did the trick. Cancer is gone!
Absolutely no pain and it's cool how they map out the areas to trim away.
Woodlands Dermatology did very well.
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Old 11-22-2021, 01:47 PM   #38
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I know this all too well....
Sunscreen and annual skin checks....just do it.

Prayers for healing quickly Mike!
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Well, MOHS Surgery did the trick. Cancer is gone!

Absolutely no pain and it's cool how they map out the areas to trim away.

Woodlands Dermatology did very well.
Good to hear, sir!

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Maybe I'll turn this into a live thread.

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Prayers up that it all goes well and that all of the bad cells are removed.

Great message to share! hopefully parents teach their kiddos early on about the damage sun exposure can inflict on the human skin.
We do...but they don't listen
Just like I didn't!
Like TG, most of my damage was caused by my stupidity when I was much younger and never considering the long term effects of repeatedly getting sunburned.
It's never too late to start wearing sunscreen, but more importantly, it's never to early either!

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My grandpa spent his life on a dozer and in a dump truck. Towards the end it seemed like he always had a bandage from the latest skin removal.

At his funeral the preacher joked, "I always told Gerald he was too ugly to have spent that much money on cosmetic surgery".
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We do...but they don't listen
Just like I didn't!
Like TG, most of my damage was caused by my stupidity when I was much younger and never considering the long term effects of repeatedly getting sunburned.
It's never too late to start wearing sunscreen, but more importantly, it's never to early either!

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With all due respect, I wouldn’t call it stupidity...

More like lack of knowledge.
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With all due respect, I wouldn’t call it stupidity...

More like lack of knowledge.
No, I was stupid. I'm not ashamed to admit it.

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OUCH!!!! Prayers sent.... Can anyone recommend a safe sunscreen that does not have carcinogens in it?? I read last year that many were actually worse for you than the actual sun..
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OUCH!!!! Prayers sent.... Can anyone recommend a safe sunscreen that does not have carcinogens in it?? I read last year that many were actually worse for you than the actual sun..
I have been advised that sunscreen with mica in it is the best you can get. Mica is a reflective mineral. I think Neutrogena is one of them.

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Ok. Second time got it all. Will go back in 2 weeks to see about a skin graph. Or what to do next. Couldn't do a flap repair due to it running across the other incision site. And the bridge has a precancerous place right where I have to wear my mask at work. And the skin would be to tight possibly dragging that area into the present wound. So, graph is the best option, unless I just want to let it heal and live with an indentation.

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Ok. Second time got it all. Will go back in 2 weeks to see about a skin graph. Or what to do next. Couldn't do a flap repair due to it running across the other incision site. And the bridge has a precancerous place right where I have to wear my mask at work. And the skin would be to tight possibly dragging that area into the present wound. So, graph is the best option, unless I just want to let it heal and live with an indentation.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
The skin graft sounds like a great option.
Best wishes!
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Thanks Blues man.

For those that don't know, these procedures are usually done with just a "local anesthetic".

Guess that makes me a "Local boy".

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