Everyone should know there family history. Any history of it in either line and there's a good chance it's passed on.Glad all went well scn.
Keep reminding the young people, I didn't listen and have had several cut out/froze off. Wide brim hats, sunscreen, and long sleeves for me anymore.
The Mohs procedure is no joke and they keep coming back for more until they know they got all of itSkin Cancer is one of the easiest to treat with early detection . It runs in my Moms family. I have gotten annual check ups for many years and avoided anything serious.
My mother and brother have had so many surgery's and skin grafts I have lost count. My brother has let suspicious spots go without treatment go more than once. 1st time part of his upper lip was removed. They cut part of his lower lip off and sewed it on top. His mouth was sewed shut except a hole for a straw until the graft took.
20 years later in the last several months more little spots that were let go have resulted in more cutting and grafts on his ear .face, and shoulder.
A little freeze now can save a whole lot of cutting later.
It's definitely hereditary my wife has had several MOSE surgeries to have Skin cancer removed. She inherited from her mother.
That's what my brother had.I had a late morning appointment with my dermatologist to address what I thought/hoped were a bunch of pre-cancerous patches on my face and head. I was blessed that she found nothing serious in her examination. She used what now feels like a bottle of liquid nitrogen in a bunch of places. It wasn't a lot of fun, but after watching my Dad die from a skin cancer, I feel very blessed.
She advised me to use the discomfort to remind myself to use sun screen up there every day. She told me that 80% of the sun exposure issues come on a daily basis and not on extended periods outside. That would probably be hard to quantify, but likely makes sense with more of my issues on the left side of my face where I am exposed more to the drivers side window.
I'm sure, that like me, there are several of my TNDeer brethren that can feel some scaly places on their face. A trip to the dermatologist while they are still a pre-cancerous deal can save some problems and pain on down the way.
Same hear.I went several years ago and all was clear. He said that because I’m out in the sun every day that I was low risk, just told me to not get burned, which is almost never for me.
Yea I’ve had to sit through a few of them with my elderly neighbor. Take a few layers and go back to the lab, come back take a few more layers, go back to the lab and so on. I’ve watched them do the cryotherapy (freezing) on upwards of 20 places at a time and it’s painful to see. What got me is when they would do injections in the cancers. Talk about someone hollering, my neighbor would holler like crazy and I dont blame him. Now we just do strictly radiation and immunotherapy to try and control them but I believe we’re at the top of the cancer hill and about to make our downhill swing and it get out of hand. As @DaveB mentioned about how bad it can be, I have photos of places on his chest that look like someone shot him close range with a shotgun. It seriously changes a person’s mind and outlook when you have to take care of deal with that level of skin cancer. I’m dark complected with dark hair and eyes but you won’t see me outside in the blazing sun without being covered up and it’s something I’ve made my children aware of and make sure they are safe also.Much better than cutting and waiting a week or so for lab results and clean margins. When they are done you know they are done.