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Old 05-03-2007, 09:05 PM   #1
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This story on NPR this morning was a little scary. The subject of the story had multiple "melanomas" removed over 5 years but she actually didn't have skin cancer. Makes you think about whether it's always wise to say "Doc, does this look okay to you?"
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Interesting story for sure. It would be cool to be one of those super-pathologists!

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Sort of like when I was a kid, every time I went to the dentist I needed 2 teeth drilled.
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Didn't check, but I wonder if this was the neanderthal in Sarasota who was using small pieces of chewing gum on the slide, diagnosing it himself as cancer, then doing skin surgery at a high fee.

One of his office assistants got suspicious and blew the whistle.

Sociopathy and greed. Bad combination.
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Sociopathy and greed. Bad combination.
And a frequent combination too!

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oh lovely.

i am have three moles removed next week for a "punch" biopsy?

every week there are conflicting articles about health and what we should do/eat!

i was definitely a sun baby...
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Ouch. I have some freckling in upper torso and had a dermatologist take a look this year. He looked for four seconds and said I was fine and completely normal. My freckles are brown and he said look for ones that change into black and are more than 6 millimeters in diameter.

He said most skin cancer is determined by sun damage in the first five years of life, and to a lesser extent in the first fifteen years of life, unless you have a family history of skin cancer. He recommends that everyone examine themselves about once every three months.

They categorize people into five skin tone categories from white to black. I am pretty white, but he still said I was a 2 (not a 1) on this scale (I guess because my grandfather was Mediterranean). But risk is higher as your number lowers on this scale.

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i'm medium toned, asian - so less risk - but used to bake in the sun w/ no protection that i'm aware of for hours in the pool/outdoors...
and several baaad burns.

all three are 5-6 mm big - two are on the scalp so i don't know what size they used to be - but i could "feel" them tingle, that's how i knew they existed! weird.

the other one used to be a dot size and is now 5-6 mm -

not sure about history in the family, my dad has some large moles and ones that have grown large over his lifetime that he's had removed but i don't think they were cancer...

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deleted repeat post...oops!

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Good luck with this Bright Eyed!

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did you read this canadian study
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...andHealth/home
that says that actually vit.D is a very important component for fighting against any cancer. Our body needs a certain amount of sun to generate enough for our good health and need some full body exposure.
Skin cancer can easily be removed so it might be better to keep some adequate sun exposure to fight other cancers.
(just paraphrasing the article)
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all the data/ research is challenging to decipher

there were cases of rickets in sunny CA from kids who's parents were overly vigilant about sun exposure and they didn't get vitamin D!!!

i def got more than my share though...
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you know the saying, the last thing you need is another hole in your head? well, i got two more today and one on my belly!

amazing how fast those local shots work though! didn't feel much but the needle...

get the "phone call" in 2 weeks on the biopsies!

in the mean time, i found all these articles on the internet about how scalp melanoma is the hidden crisis etc...woooooh... thanks great, but i'm not one to worry until i have to - what a waste of time!

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well, doc called and said a-ok!

now i have a narly scar on my tummy maybe i can get that mole back? it used to be kind of cute, but i guess it's a good thing i snipped it before it got bigger! ick... but the cut is almost an inch long and i just have two stiches holding the thing together and it puckered a little on one end...now i need plastic surgery! haha j/k

and the ones on my head at least, are hidden.

but i have to go get the stitches out next - more fun...
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