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Old 05-17-17, 02:15 PM
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Sooner or later

Spend as much time in the sun as most of us have in life and sooner or later you get skin cancer.....wear your hats and sun screen...
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Yikes. Is that you?

What did the lesion itself look like before it was removed?

I always have something on my head and wear ti or zn based sunscreens everywhere else. Not all sunscreens are created equal. Even so ... the risk is there ... we spend a lot of time in the sun an the lesions often pop up in places where the sun don't shine ... as in your case ... below a head of hair.
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Ouch.
I always wear one of there under my helmet.

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Factoid: 50% of all Americans will get a skin cancer by age 65.

I wish I could go back and tell younger me to be more careful.
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Old 05-17-17, 04:40 PM
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Everybody will get some form of cancer, if they live long enough ---- good reminder, though!
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Factoid: 50% of all Americans will get a skin cancer by age 65.

I wish I could go back and tell younger me to be more careful.
I try and try and try to stress to our kids (12 &14) as a kid we didn't know what sun screen was and I never used it in adulthood until about 8 years back when I noticed I'd get funky dark patches on my cheeks and the tops of my forearms.

Now I use sunscreen, wear longs sleeves when fishing and big goofy boonie hats. You can't tell a kid anything...

It's about the same time that I started hearing more stories about biopsies and removals...
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Originally Posted by ritepath View Post
.................... You can't tell a kid anything...................
Any adults out there still smoking or drinking and driving???? The "stupid club" is not KID EXCLUSIVE.
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Old 05-18-17, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
Spend as much time in the sun as most of us have in life and sooner or later you get skin cancer.....wear your hats and sun screen...
wow, thanks for sharing. kinda traumatic! is that your skull showing? you wear your hair like that, or just for the procedure? thanks for sharing. get well soon!
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Some people are more prone to getting skin cancer, my wife being one. I have been lucky and haven't had a single issue yet. If we live long enough we experience a lot of new things and not all fun. I hope you heal quickly.
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It is me, I do keep my hair cut short like that. I used to shave it but that was a pain so I clip it as short as I can once a week. I am on the river almost every day as a guide. I always cover up. Doc says this is from my younger days when I thought it was cool to be tan. Didn't mean to make anybody sick but ask the doc to give me a photo of it at it's worse. I do a lot of kayak fishing seminars and will add this in to my talking points.
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Old 05-18-17, 09:32 AM
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Thank you for the public service announcement, which I plan to share with my sons. My wife's heritage is predominantly Scots-Irish, and mine is Scots-English, with freckles to prove it. I am extremely uncomfortable in strong sunlight, which is probably a protective reaction, and I tend to do most of my cycling, walking, and running early or late in the day, and always with some sort of head covering. When I work outdoors on the house or landscaping, I schedule my work according to where the shade is.

The threat of melanoma and other skin cancers increased radically with the hole in the ozone layer, which fortunately has been gradually healing. There was an even bigger pandemic of skin cancer in Australia than here.
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When I turned 50, I figured I should get checked by a dermatologist as a preventative measure. He told me to wear a hat when I'm outside. I took it seriously, so I do that, though I sometimes skip it at night.
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