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Old 05-11-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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So this morning I went to a free skin cancer screening and it was suggested I get a 'freeze' for this thing on my ear.

Growing old is a (literal) pain.
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I guess you mean where they spray liquid nitrogen on the "thing." It does sting when they do that, but it's certainly quicker and easier than cutting it off. I've had that done probably a dozen times. No big deal. Go ahead and have it done.
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Khan, what does this "thing" on your ear look like? And was it something you were already suspicious about, or did you think it was an age spot, or something benign like that?
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AKs and various skin cancers should be taken care of ASAP. Over the last 4-5 years I have had 20+ skin cancer lesions cut off and numerous applications of liquid oxygen zaps. Contact a dermatologist and get an exam.
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What's an AK?
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Actinic keratosis is a small, rough, raised area found on skin that has been exposed to the sun over a long period of time.
Over many years, some actinic keratoses may develop into a type of skin cancer.
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Something like that.

Will call DR next week.

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Over the years, I've had more than 20+ places frozen on my hands, arms, face & shoulders. Actually, I haven't kept count, but I'd bet as many as 30. Then, this past September, I had to have a plastic surgeon remove a basal cell carcinoma from my forehead, about 1/2 way between my left eye & my hairline. Due to the location and the angle of the carcinoma, the Dr. felt a plastic surgeon would do the best job of putting it all back together again. It was pretty extensive, and there's not a lot of tissue between the outer skin & the actual skull. The plastic surgeon did a great job, and I was happy...until a few weeks ago when I realized it was seemingly starting to unheal. At first, I thought I'd maybe scratched it in my sleep or something. It healed back up. Then, last week, it happened again. So now I'm planning to call a dermatologist in the morning for an appointment.
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Over the years, I've had more than 20+ places frozen on my hands, arms, face & shoulders. Actually, I haven't kept count, but I'd bet as many as 30. Then, this past September, I had to have a plastic surgeon remove a basal cell carcinoma from my forehead, about 1/2 way between my left eye & my hairline. Due to the location and the angle of the carcinoma, the Dr. felt a plastic surgeon would do the best job of putting it all back together again. It was pretty extensive, and there's not a lot of tissue between the outer skin & the actual skull. The plastic surgeon did a great job, and I was happy...until a few weeks ago when I realized it was seemingly starting to unheal. At first, I thought I'd maybe scratched it in my sleep or something. It healed back up. Then, last week, it happened again. So now I'm planning to call a dermatologist in the morning for an appointment.
Plastic surgeon playing dermatologist? Sounds unethical to me.

As you may have been advised skin cancers (BCC, melanoma etc) are an accumulation of a lifetime of being exposed to the sun. If they are starting to pop out now, be prepared to see a dermatologist quarterly for the rest of your life so that these guys can be taken care of ASAP.
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Plastic surgeon playing dermatologist? Sounds unethical to me.

As you may have been advised skin cancers (BCC, melanoma etc) are an accumulation of a lifetime of being exposed to the sun. If they are starting to pop out now, be prepared to see a dermatologist quarterly for the rest of your life so that these guys can be taken care of ASAP.
A Plastic Surgeon is often used in addition to a Dermatologist for large lesions especially facial ones .
Reconstructive Surgery - Facial Reconstruction After Skin Cancer
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The dermatologist didn't even want to attempt it, he told me I needed a plastic surgeon. Still haven't been to the dermatologist yet with the latest issue, but I'm going this coming week.
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So this morning I went to a free skin cancer screening and it was suggested I get a 'freeze' for this thing on my ear.

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I wouldn't hesitate to have it removed. I've have several things frozen off or removed by scalpel from my late 20's into my 40's. I can see no down-side whatsoever in having the procedure.
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liquid oxygen .
Ooops...should read liquid nitrogen.
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I'm with ya there babe. It sucks big time. Here's some Joni to cheer you up...she's 67 now. Can you believe it?

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I heard the other day that Bob Dylan turns 70 on Monday!

I never cared much for Dylan but it does show the times they are a changing.
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I heard the other day that Bob Dylan turns 70 on Monday!

I never cared much for Dylan but it does show the times they are a changing.
Bob looked 70 back in the sixties.
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