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Old 08-07-17, 02:32 PM
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Cancer

If you ever see me without a hat on, slap me.

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Old 08-07-17, 02:40 PM
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Sorry to hear about your cancer but that's not a picture I wanted to see.
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Old 08-07-17, 02:44 PM
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Jeez, be careful with that, you're brains will leak out !

Seriously, hope all is well.

I just got my clean bill of health today after Chronic Leukemia treatment ended 3/2015.

I'm living proof (and you may be as well) that modern medicine has taken remarkable steps forward in our lifetime. 30 years ago neither of us would be typing on this forum.
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Old 08-07-17, 05:52 PM
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So, what kind of cancer?
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Old 08-08-17, 12:23 PM
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Worse that posting a disturbing image is removing it so the rest of us can't see it.

Based on the hat comment and the initial responses I assume a skin cancer on your scalp? Sorry about your issue. Us over 50 youngsters grew up before sunscreen and before there was much info out there to educate us about cooking ourselves under ultraviolet radiation. By the time both of those became commonplace it was too late.
I have a 2" scar on my right calf where a plastic surgeon removed a squamish cell. Hopefully that's the first and last but I'm not confident that considering the previous two sentences, re. my history of sunburns.

Yep, keep your noggin covered. Take care of yourself, hopefully this will be your only run-in with this. Prayers for you!
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Old 08-08-17, 02:35 PM
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I do not venture outdoors sans broad-brimmed hat, or at least a cycling helmet with a sweat cap. My 2-year-old grandson normally wears a hat, as well. (His dad, who went bald in his mid-20s, as did both my father and my father-in-law, has been convinced that he needs one, as well. My younger son jokes that he needs to slap a ring on his girlfriend's finger before he, too, loses his hair. )

I think back on pictures of the American gentlemen through the first half of the 20th Century, and almost everyone wore a hat of some kind in public. They must have known something subsequent generations forgot, and they didn't even have a compromised ozone layer back then.
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Old 08-10-17, 08:08 AM
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Yea, it was skin cancer. It's a shame the picture was removed because it was meant as a shocker picture to get to point across. This was my second cancer removed from my head and the worst. This was squamous cell. The last one was basal cell. Had I know when I was younger what the sun can do, I would have never chased women on the beach.......
If you have a place that doesn't seem right, go get it looked at. The sooner they catch it the better. Big cancers mean big holes in your head.
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Old 08-10-17, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
Yea, it was skin cancer. It's a shame the picture was removed because it was meant as a shocker picture to get to point across.
The proper way to do this is with a link to the photo, with caution tags around it, explaining what people will see when they click, and why they might not want to.

I did a "safety minute" talk on sun damage a few months ago - looked up some statistics to shock people. 50% of all Americans will have a skin cancer by the time they're 65. You can't bring the subject up without triggering multiple personal stories of excisions.
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Old 08-11-17, 06:50 AM
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I had a BCC removed couple o' years ago now. did a good job, but lumpy bumpy bits keep coming back, and going again. You just wonder . . . .but life's too good to worry. Unless it's raining.
It is today . . . .
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Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
Yea, it was skin cancer. It's a shame the picture was removed because it was meant as a shocker picture to get to point across. This was my second cancer removed from my head and the worst. This was squamous cell. The last one was basal cell. Had I know when I was younger what the sun can do, I would have never chased women on the beach.......
If you have a place that doesn't seem right, go get it looked at. The sooner they catch it the better. Big cancers mean big holes in your head.
When you talk about basal cell carcinoma the conversation becomes more serious. Those things can pop up anywhere on the body. Fortunately it is the doc and not the patient who has to use a light and look in all the cracks and crevices checking for them.
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Old 08-17-17, 02:59 PM
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heard about this film via a podcast. haven't watched it yet, but plan to. haven't found the actual film yet & need to look further

Cancer Can Be Killed — The Film
https://medium.com/@jeffwitzeman/can...s-5776c4f50695

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Old 08-17-17, 03:15 PM
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I've had numerous skin cancers removed, mostly from scalp. The first one was the worst because I let it go and it was squamous cell. I now see my surgical dermatologist every 6 months to catch them early.
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Old 08-18-17, 08:56 AM
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I have an appointment with a dermatologist in a few weeks.
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Old 08-19-17, 12:39 PM
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As cyclists over the age of 50 many of us have seen too much sun without protection. I have been an avid cyclist since my teens and spent many a day back then riding without a shirt (or a helmet).

Flash forward to a few years ago and a melanoma diagnosis. I was lucky that it was caught early. The treatment worked and I am now cancer free according to my oncologist.

So know your skin cancers and how to spot them and see a dermatologist as recommended - in my case every three months, given my history.
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