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Old 08-12-07, 04:10 AM   #1
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Anyone here ever had skin cancer.

We always hear, don't delay , see a doctor. I am one who tends to not go to a doctor. For starters, mostly don't have cause to go. But the last two summers, I have not been taking the sun or heat so well and I am on the bike probably 12-15 hours a week.
These past two summers my arms seem dyhydrated and itchy. Last year, these conditions existed, yet the problem just went away when summer was over. So I dismiss it as alergy to the sun or heat rash or something. I use plenty of sun screen and use hydrating creams all the time. I really put on thick coats of sun screen whenever I go out ..
So my sympton. Itchy , somewhat rough feeling skin. Couple depressions and couple elevated bumps that don't seem to have much mass. Either brown or rose colored. Not particularily irregular in shape.
Medical web sites do not mention melonomia to be itchy. Reason I think it heat rash or allergy, the itch. From my readings , itchiness not mentioned. I notice that itcy feeling sort of spreading to areas that are covered by my jersey. and why don't these conditions spread to my exposed legs.
Reason I dismiss it, last summer it went away. I'd hate to have to ride in long sleeve jerseys in the heat. ( A suggestion, maybe this forum should have a sports medicine thread.) Might be helpful.
appreciate knowing what your symptons were. Hate to take the time off the bike to make an appointment with a doctor. Just kidding.

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Old 08-12-07, 05:21 AM   #2
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I'd just go to the doc. At the least, he'll (she'll) tell you that you are crazy. Most likely, if they are worth their salt and you are a regular customer (er, patient), they should be able to spend the time with you to tell you what you ought to be looking for. Plus, it's good to go every few years just to touch bases; I forget what the recommendations are (I think it's like once/year).

[Spoken as someone who hasn't gone in a few, and needs to go one of these days ...]
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Old 08-12-07, 05:26 AM   #3
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unless I have cause to , i don't tend to go. Last couple doctors we had; I'd really choose not to know better. The one before the last one, it's a wonder I did not pop him in the nose. As if we had a choice.
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I have a pre-cancerous condition on the side of my nose. Left untreated, the Doc said it would go melanoma. As it is I have a cream to put on twice a week. The spot was rough, irregular round in shape, and at times itchy/burny.

I'm like you, I dread going to the doctors. But this cancer stuff is nothing to delay treatment on.
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reason I delay, never heard cancerous spots to be itchy. Plus, last Summer, they just went away . Cancerous spots just don't come out for the summer season and then go away. Might I ask Stacey. Do you notice that itcheness moving to other locations that are not exposed to the sun. That is why I suspect it to be some kind of allergic reaction I get in the summer time.

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Eh, it's your skin, it's your life.

Here, you roll 'em.

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If your doctor is really good, they will take a UV photograph of the skin. This shows the damaged portions of skins that you cannot see. Its quite spooky actually just how damaged our skin can get.

And if your doctor is REALLY good, they will document said photgraphs in a computer file and run a program to overlay them, with different colors for each year. Then you can see if its spreading or not.
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Go see a doctor. You could have (pre)cancerous growth AND something else (like an allergy or a rash) that itches.

With cancer, the earlier you catch it the better. And if it's not cancer (as it probably isn't ), you'll not have to wonder and worry about it any more.
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Go see a doctor. You could have (pre)cancerous growth AND something else (like an allergy or a rash) that itches.

With cancer, the earlier you catch it the better. And if it's not cancer (as it probably isn't ), you'll not have to wonder and worry about it any more.
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Old 08-12-07, 09:29 AM   #10
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Mostly, i was curious to see if others' pre cancer cells itched. This summer, I have not had this condition but only a couple weeks. Again. last year the condition went away.
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I say don't mess around with any kind of bump or spot that has suspicious growth, shape or coloring. My brother died in March from melanoma that started with a little mole on his lower back. It is wicked stuff that they don't know how to stop.

However, I don't think widespread itching (like all over your arms) is a common symptom of cancer. I had the same experience last summer - my arms itched like crazy and had little bumps - after every sun exposure. I thought I had developed some kind of allergy to the sun. It turned out to be because I was taking a medication and increased sun sensitivity was one of the side effects.
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You guys got me worried. I picked this up from a physician's web site.

"After the damage to the deeper layers of skin, superficial signs of sun damage may eventually appear on the surface. The most common surface lesion is known as actinic keratoses (AK). AKs usually appear as rough or scaly patches. They may also flake, crust, and may temporarily disappear and then return.

An AK is most likely to appear on the face, ears, scalp, neck, backs of the hands and forearms, shoulders, and lips - the parts of the body most often exposed to sunshine. The scaly patch may be light or dark, tan, pink, red, or a combination of these... or the same color as your skin.

It is estimated that 10-20% of untreated AKs will develop into squamous cell cancers. If treated early, almost all AKs can be eliminated without becoming skin cancers. If you have AKs, it indicates that you have sustained sun damage and have a higher risk for developing all types of skin cancer - not just squamous cell carcinoma.

The more keratoses a person has, the greater the chance that one or more may turn into skin cancer. People may also have up to 10 times as many subclinical (invisible) lesions as visible, surface lesions. These invisible lesions were undetectable until the development of the UV camera.

Treatment options The most common treatment options for AKs have traditionally involved topical ointment 5-FU (Effudex), laser resurfacing, or chemical peels. To avoid the prolonged recovery period and possible scarring associated with these techniques, photodynamic therapy has been developed."
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Old 08-15-07, 02:10 AM   #13
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I'm having a pre-cancerous lesion removed on August 31st. Sure puts a damper on my partying plans but at least I didn't wait. (My best friend's birthday is the 31st of August, and my birthday is September 1st)
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