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Janie Viers
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Date: 1/3/12 8:17 PM

My oldest DD and her cousin get together monthly. Regularly, for the last 6-8 months my DD kept nagging and telling her to get the little red dot on her cheek checked out. Finally niece went in for the body scan. That tiny dot...was cancer and they said if she had waited longer it would have been to the bone and too late. As it is she has two scars on her face (from nose to cheek and cheek to chin) and a little dimple because they had to go so deep. Took 8 hours since they slice a bit and test and slice and test. I am so thrilled she finally got tired of the nagging and went.

My DH has been going to the same skin specialist for 25 years and every 6 months he gets some precancerous tabs zapped. At 83, his Dr. hasn't gotten on the body scan wagon, so we are going to have him go to a new Dr.. I understand that you get naked and they scan you front and back from feet to head. My DH was a chubby blonde who never wore sunscreen and never came into the house for entire summers, swimming, biking, no hat even. Please get scanned if you are someone who thought nothing of getting at least one peeling sunburn per summer!
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Date: 1/3/12 8:21 PM

good advice! thx for the reminder.

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Date: 1/3/12 9:35 PM

Janie,
Thanks for the reminder. I had a suspect mole on my back that both the hubbie and I wanted to have checked. Two dermatologists said it was no problem. We weren't happy about that and when we moved a few years ago it was top priority on my list to immediately visit a dermatologist and try again. When the third dermatologist insisted it was nothing I insisted that my husband and I did not agree and that it had to be checked. The biopsy came back positive. The doctor was surprised, we weren't.



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Date: 1/4/12 9:27 AM

We just lost my FIL to melanoma in mid December. DH and I have come up with a plan to photograph each of our bodies every couple of months to monitor any changes on our skin.

My FIL was living by himself 6 years ago and one day noticed his towel was bloody after wiping his back post shower. It was a blister that opened, a blister that he could never see himself.

It's so important to keep vigilant, if you don't look out for yourself, who else will?

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Date: 1/4/12 10:13 AM

Sometimes a person who sees you less frequently will notice a change that those who see you daily miss.

I used to work for a podiatrist and his patients came every 6-8 weeks. An elderly lady came with her dil every 6 weeks. The elderly lady was not very friendly did not like doctors and generally grumpy.

One would go into the doctor, then the other. On this particular trip the elderly lady went in first. I commented to her dil that the mole on her face had changed dramatically in the past 6 weeks. That perhaps it should be checked.

Her dil was not aware of how dramatic the change was, because she saw her daily. She arranged for the family doctor to call her in.

The next visit the mole was gone. It had been cancerous. The dil gave me flowers as a thank you because she would not have pushed the issue with the mil if I had not said anything.

DH, the kids and I am all red heads with loads of freckles, blue eyes and for DH and me lots of sun burns in our past. Back when we were kids there was no such thing as sunscreen. We are diligent about checking out each others skin. DH had had a few spots removed, so far so good for me.

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Date: 1/4/12 7:10 PM

My husband had a spot on his back for years. Doctor insisted it was just a patch of dry skin. When we got married 4 years ago I insisted he go to a dermatologist because it looked like not dry skin I'd ever seen. Dermatologist diagnosed it on sight as squamous- thank God- not melanoma. He now has a new dimple in his back where the 3" patch was removed. Don't ignore any funny skin stuff!

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Date: 1/5/12 10:18 AM

Pictures of each other are great, but the body scans measure areas with damage to the skin, sort of like an x-ray for bones except for skin.

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Date: 1/7/12 2:45 PM

I had a mole on the back of my calf since I could remember. A lady at a health club pointed out that it was a very dark color, and I should get it checked. Shortly after that I noticed it had started to itch, and went in to see the doctor. The lady at the health club turned out to be a nurse at my doctors office, and the mole turned out to be melanoma. She saved my life. I would have probably kept ignoring it, as out of sight, out of mind. Now I have a big chunk out of the back of my calf, my "shark bite", and a 3"x4" square of scar tissue on the top of my thigh from the skin graft, to remind me to pay attention. I was told in my consultation with the specialist before my surgery (very bluntly, I might add), that radiation and chemo do not typically work on melanoma. If you can't cut it out, you have no chance. It is so very important to catch it early before it spreads to your other organs. It has been 10 years and I am so thankful to be here. Be careful, guys.

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