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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 11:04 PM
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Just heard from my GP today, he removed a cyst/growth from my right temple last week. Got the analysis back, turns out it is Basal Cell Carcinoma. He'll take the stitches out tomorrow, and refer me to a dermatologist.

I guess if you have to have a skin cancer, the carcinoma is much preferable to melanoma.



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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 11:42 PM
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Good news is it is gone.

I don't worry about those stich scars, and avoid Dermatologist. every doc is afraid to scar a face ($$$). I just say my 'look' is early Frank N. Stein.

Basal cell carcinoma grow slow and and usually don't migrate. I get some cut off every few years. Getting them early is important. I have found vodka works for the stitches out ceremony.

Once you have one you should go to the dr every year so as to get them off early. I wear a brimmed hat to avoid the sun; now the dr is telling me I have a vitamin D deficiency (no sun). Just can win!!



 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 11:47 PM
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The game is rigged! :)

Hope all is well, Charley.



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Charley, it's good news for sure in many ways.

That means you'll be around to witness Poacher killing vegetation for years to come!!!

Bear...... My VA Doc told me I was Vitamin D and put me on some really loaded Vitamin D pills for 16 wks. It seems the over the counter low dosage pills were not enough.



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Charley will pray for you, as my wife's world got rocked Oct 31 when she found out she has breast cancer and stage 4 bone cancer in two places in neck and upper back. Do what the doc says and use sun screen when out and about. This Texas sun is brutal and is the reason I wear long sleeve shirts and wide brim hats.



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Charley-

I have had two basal cell carcinoma's removed from me-one next to my nose and the other on the back of my arm.  Both malignant. 

The MOHS surgery goes like this:  You get a local anesthetic (lidocaine).  The Doc cuts around the growth, dies the edges, looks for cancer cells.  No cancer cells, he sews you up.  Cancer cells, he cuts a larger circle and this cycle repeats.  At the end, you go home.  The Doc stitches you up or maybe not, I've had both. 

I know this is super obvious but the skill of the Doctor doing the MOHS surgery is pretty important.    Not for the cutting skill, but the knowledge of where to cut and what exactly do the cancer cells look like.   Take some time, be sure of your Doc's skill and expertise level. 

I just finished my 2nd 90-day head-to-toe exam.  The specialist examines every mole-growth from your crown to the soles of your feet,  Anything they don't like gets a spritz of liquid nitrogen.  Yes, that is a bit uncomfortable but I have had over 35 of these spritzes and instead of complaining about the discomfort I Praise God because there goes one more maybe.

Interestingly, the guy who invented this kind of surgery did it in Wisconsin, I didn't even know they had Universities in Wisconsin, in 1938.  RD probably grew up with him.


BTW, This is a good place to get an explanation
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/mohs-surgery/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20014261








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Got the stitches out, set up an appointment with the Dermatologist about two weeks out. Will see what he wants to do, cut more, or wait and watch. Not sweating it.



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12semi wrote:

Interestingly, the guy who invented this kind of surgery did it in Wisconsin, I didn't even know they had Universities in Wisconsin, in 1938.  RD probably grew up with him.

I didn't know Dr. Mohs as he graduated from UW Madison a few years ahead of me. Getting his doctorate in 1934. I got my Ag College Associate Degree in 1973. We were only born 44 years apart. He was teaching at Madison when I was on campus though. UW Madison was founded in 1848. Certainly a few years after the founding of the University of Tennessee (1794). However, UW does teach courses in math, life expectancy, and common sense. Something apparently lacking in Tennessee. :troll:

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Ooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu RD you smoked 12Semi!!!:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
Next thing we know you and Ozark Ed will be ganging up on all the rest here in the Asylum:sofa:

Youse guys........



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Got to keep them on their toes. 



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12semi wrote:
Got to keep them on their toes. 



And a damn fine job you perform in doing so.:dancing:



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Charlie, Being fair skinned and red haired (at least used to be red haired) I watch for changes on my skin religiously. I noticed 3 or 4 spots lately that my family doctor declared as Seborrheic keratoses. They are dry and scaly but usually harmless. Thanks for the reminder though. I keep an eye on them regardless of what he says. He also said I shouldn't be surprised If I get many more of them as I age. RD



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That's me, fair skin and light brown (used to be red when I was a kid) hair. At least I'm not an albino, so things could be worse! I figure I'll be more careful in the future. I have a feeling the dermatologist will want to see me every six months or at least once a year as well.



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Charley wrote:
That's me, fair skin and light brown (used to be red when I was a kid) hair. At least I'm not an albino, so things could be worse! I figure I'll be more careful in the future. I have a feeling the dermatologist will want to see me every six months or at least once a year as well.

A red haired Irishman. I had a 2nd Generation Irish friend with dark skin and hair as black as coal. He was always strutting his Irish "purity" by telling me that he was true Irish while I had that damned "vikin blood" in me. Then he'd apologize for the very thought that my Granny was raped by a "vikin".



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Once the Doc found one incidence of Melanoma I was put on an every-90-day schedule so you can expect to be making that trip on some sort of recurring basis. 
 
The Seborrheic keratosis growths will get a look from the dermatologist every visit. 

The good news is early detection means a brief period of discomfort and maybe some scars.  

For all the members-we are outdoors a lot.  Use some kind of high-spf-rating screen and cover up. 






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Charley all the best.Watch those Doc's I don't trusted any of them, and the daughters a PA to boot, am I in trouble.



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Second trip to the dermatologist this morning. He burned and scraped the original spot about three weeks back, everything is fine there. Froze a couple of precancerous spots today, will recheck them in about two weeks. If that goes OK, will follow up every six months.



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Charley wrote: Just heard from my GP today, he removed a cyst/growth from my right temple last week. Got the analysis back, turns out it is Basal Cell Carcinoma. He'll take the stitches out tomorrow, and refer me to a dermatologist.

I guess if you have to have a skin cancer, the carcinoma is much preferable to melanoma.
That'll make a fine, fine, super fine story as how you got that dueling scar.  (Had one of those on my ear that I blamed on a lance during a joust.)



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