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May 23, 2020 - 3:19:39 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

1410 posts since 8/1/2005

Hi all!

Recently, out of nowhere, a vague red spot showed up on my left cheek, from the eye to below the nose. I thought it was weird but didn't think much of it at first. Didn't itch or anything. A few weeks went by and it just stayed the same, so finally I thought I might have it looked at it. Doctor said it doesn't look like much, but just in case I'll send you to a skin specialist. Skin specialist said it doesn't look like much, but just in case I'll take a sample and send it to the lab. Lab said it's cancer.

So in the beginning of next week they're cutting off a huge chunk of my face. indecision I'll probably need some radiation treatment after that, but they don't seem worried at all. First results show that it hasn't spread and this will be an easy fix. Nowadays they also have a new medicine for melanoma that even if it has spread, is supposed to find it's way around the body and cure the infected parts. Someone apparently won a Nobel prize for it and now they're spending tons trying to make a medicine like this for other types of cancer too. But in my case, it looks like it's still early and it hasn't spread yet.

I'm an outdoor person, I especially love being on the water. But I'm 37, live in a place with short summers and do most of my work from inside, so it's not like I've spent a lifetime in the sun. Can't remember ever burning my face, but they still say this is caused by too much sun exposure. Which brings me to the topic of this thread. Wear a hat people! And sunscreen too if you're OK with that. I'm currently shopping online for a wide brim hat I will feel the least uncomfortable with. Maybe it will become my new trademark look?! laugh 

Thanks for reading.

Max

May 23, 2020 - 3:40:59 AM
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O.D.

USA

3457 posts since 10/29/2003

Hat and sunscreen every day for me
I've had about 5 or 6 spots removed by the Mohs procedure.
Basil cell and squamas cell carcinoma.
Fortunatly no signs of Melanoma
I've spent the last 45 yrs in the sun daily by virtue of my profession

Good advice Max

Everett

May 23, 2020 - 3:46:23 AM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2899 posts since 5/15/2011

I have a spare one of these I'm happy to post to you:

https://www.ozbrero.com.au/shop/wide-brim-hats/wide-brim-cotton-hat-tan/

I use this sun cream: https://www.cancercouncilshop.org.au/product/sunscreen-active-pump.html

Highly unlikely to be available in Sweden but it's non-greasy. Ask your skin specialist what is similar and easily available.

Just a tip: if you are very active and sweat, don't put sun cream of any sort above your eye brows; it will run and sting your eyes. Just use a hat for your forehead area in summer.

PS Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. I've had about 40 sun spots frozen off my face and a similar number off my forearms.

One on my chest and one on my wrist would have killed me if not removed early.

May 23, 2020 - 4:02:16 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

1410 posts since 8/1/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Meakin

I have a spare one of these I'm happy to post to you:

https://www.ozbrero.com.au/shop/wide-brim-hats/wide-brim-cotton-hat-tan/

I use this sun cream: https://www.cancercouncilshop.org.au/product/sunscreen-active-pump.html

Highly unlikely to be available in Sweden but it's non-greasy. Ask your skin specialist what is similar and easily available.

Just a tip: if you are very active and sweat, don't put sun cream of any sort above your eye brows; it will run and sting your eyes. Just use a hat for your forehead area in summer.

PS Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. I've had about 40 sun spots frozen off my face and a similar number off my forearms.

One on my chest and one on my wrist would have killed me if not removed early.


Thanks for the kind offer on the hat, but I'm sure I can find one closer by. smiley And good recommendations on that sunscreen too, I'll look for that. I'm sure I could order it online if I can't find something similar here.

May 23, 2020 - 4:34:50 AM
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3440 posts since 12/6/2009

people whos skin burns but doesnt tan should be aware. my wife has light skin and has things skin doctor is always medicating. I knew a plumber once who had a pinkish skin who seemed to go every year to have something removed from his face....but always caught it when it was tiny.... me.....I can turn black in the sun and nothing. I had a black friend who got bad sun burn....go figure.

May 23, 2020 - 4:37:47 AM
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OM45GE

USA

96372 posts since 11/7/2007

Good advice Max. I had basal cell carcinoma on my lower back of all places. Paid the price for a lifetime of playing outdoors - sailing, skiing, hiking, biking, etc.

I would add the recommendation that everyone see a dermatologist for a checkup. Having a baseline for the future is a good thing.

May 23, 2020 - 5:11:55 AM
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DC5

USA

10995 posts since 6/30/2015

To borrow from Woodie Allen, I'm blue eyed and fair skinned, I don't tan, I stroke. Hat and sunscreen always. I even have a couple of sunscreen shirts that they sell for fishing. Remember, a lot of shirts don't provide SPF protections. I think a regular T-shirt only has an SPF factor of around 4, so you need sunscreen under your shirts too if you are going to be out in the sun.

May 23, 2020 - 8:55:40 AM
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Paul R

Canada

12697 posts since 1/28/2010
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I always wear hats outside, often stay in long sleeves, and use sunscreen for cycling. And I have a dermatologist appointment in August.

By the way, Chris, my main hat is Australian - an Akubra.


May 23, 2020 - 9:37 AM
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3936 posts since 10/18/2007

After I had cancer removed from my face the surgeon, in a follow-up meeting, said in all seriousness,"You should never go out in the sun again." No mention of hats or sunscreen. That got my attention.

May 23, 2020 - 9:53:52 AM
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jrdew

USA

1400 posts since 11/25/2007

Best wishes to you, Max. I had a basal cell removed several years ago w/ Moh's procedure. I'm a sunscreen believer, now.

May 23, 2020 - 12:52:29 PM
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2013 posts since 1/21/2003

Hey Max, sorry to hear about your current situation. Hope it's a one-and-done. The medicine you mentioned is an immunotherapy called Pembrolizumab, the brand name is Keytruda. Folks who watch TV may have seen commercials for it targeting non small cell lung cancer, but it has been found to work well with melanoma with relatively few side effects generally. Keep getting regular checkups with your dermatologist and follow ups with your oncologists.

May 23, 2020 - 1:01:23 PM
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9648 posts since 2/22/2007

I have a lovely circle right in the middle of the back of my bald spot, most attractive! They call it melanoma-in-situ now, which scares you enough that you don't complain about that circle. Much.

May 23, 2020 - 1:57:33 PM
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figmo59

USA

30960 posts since 3/5/2008
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Just like other things ..
Take good n propper percautions..
N git on with yer life..

Maxmax... all the best..

Edited by - figmo59 on 05/23/2020 13:58:17

May 23, 2020 - 5:29:12 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1880 posts since 6/19/2014

I have a nice collection of hats, which I wear on all sunny days, even overcast ones. My favourite is a kangaroo leather bush hat I picked up in Adelaide three years ago.

Max, here's hoping for a speedy and complete recovery!

Edited by - Banjo Lefty on 05/23/2020 17:29:32

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