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Old 11-05-2011, 08:31 PM
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So I got the phone call that I have cancer. Great timing really, considering I'm in the most stressful semester of law school, but what are you going to do?

At any rate, I have been diagnosed with Melanoma. We're waiting on tests results to see how far it has spread. The doctors cut a huge chunk out of my neck leaving me with a squiggly line and 15 bright blue stitches.

The thing is, I didn't feel sick. I wasn't losing weight (though that would have been nice). The spot didn't itch, or raise, or bleed... I would not have known until it was dangerously late. It was spotted by a nurse six weeks ago.

So... A few questions for my fellow PW'ers

1) Have you ever been out in the sun?
2) Without sunscreen?
3) Is there a segment of skin on your body that you cannot see?
4) Do you have a mole or freckle that has changed color or shape?

If you answer yes to ANY of these questions, please go get yourself checked! If caught early, melanoma is a manageable skin condition. If not, it can be a very deadly cancer.

Stay safe and wear your sunscreen. UVA & UVB, and reapply often.

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Oh, good heavens. I'm so sorry.
No, I don't know anyone who's had it personally, I think my aunt had some sort of skin cancer on her arm one time, but I don't think it was melanoma. I think it was a less serious kind.

I definitely agree about the sunscreen. Dang it.
Well, keep us updated on how it's going.
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Oh, good heavens. I'm so sorry.
No, I don't know anyone who's had it personally, I think my aunt had some sort of skin cancer on her arm one time, but I don't think it was melanoma. I think it was a less serious kind.

I definitely agree about the sunscreen. Dang it.
Well, keep us updated on how it's going.
I am going to be fine. I may even be able to skip chemo, but that is because it was caught early. Now I will have to go get skin checks for the next several years, at first, quarterly. That is a rather invasive and uncomfortable procedure from what I'm told, but it is nothing compared to actually dying of cancer.

Which is why I'm talking about it. I want everyone to be aware that it is out there and not let themselves go undiagnosed.
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That's a tough one Dabateman, but at least you got it early.

Although I spent so many years in Alaska and don't have the lifetime exposure that a lot of people have had, I still didn't use sunscreen enough when I first got down here 7 years ago.

I mostly do now.




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I'm whiter than the foam on beer and stay away from the sun at all costs...I spent my childhood bathing in Solarcaine, but since I found out about melanoma, I run from sun...

So glad this was found early and most likely escaped scathed but doable...

I suggest you read about Curt Shilling's wife Shonda...

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I'm sorry debateman, but catching it early is the best thing you can do.

I live in Arizona, have fair skin, and I sunburn really easy. I have 3 bottles of sunscreen, the lowest being SPF 30, but usually I use SPF 50 if I am going to be outside in the summer.

There are many famous people who have survived this, including 5 20th century presidents, so you have every reason to be optimistic.

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I'm sorry to hear this, guy. I'll say a prayer for you.
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Hey Debateman. It is scary stuff. I know because I have been there recently myself.
I just had a Basal Cell Carcinoma. I went to Bangkok to have it removed. I didn't realize that they wouldn't know if they got it all until they did a biopsy. It was about two days after I got home that I got an email saying they would have to go deeper. Great I thought. So I went back and this time I did what they called Mohs surgery. This is where they check it while you are still open. I laid there while the doctor sang Beatle songs. Then the phone rang with the results. They had gotten it all so he sewd me up. When he was done he asked how I liked his singing. Not bad I said. This was just a few weeks ago. I had the spot behind my ear, on my head about where my hair starts. Probably from years of commercial diving. My barber found it or I would have never known. I felt it but thought it might have been a wart or something. Now I am wondering about one on the other side.

Good luck amigo and if you want to talk you know where I am.
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Sorry to hear about this Dabateman,members of my wife's family have had melanoma. They are all fun in the sun people and they all survived. I'm so glad you caught it early..
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Glad to hear that you are going to be OK. Good of you to spread the word so others can benefit from your experience.

I grew up on a farm in a large extended farming family. Many of my cousins, aunts and uncles still farm. To say melanoma runs in my family is to make a gross understatement.

But only one of the many who have had it ever had a more serious occurrence of cancer. It was probably unrelated as they did catch his melanoma early and it was only many years later that he developed another cancer.

I keep a close watch on my skin. And my partner grew up in the water, spending half her childhood and teens in a bathing suit so I keep a close watch on her skin too! (A lot more fun than watching my own.)
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