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Old 05-20-2019, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
I haven't hit my deductible yet so I have to come out of pocket for an upcoming excision. They want around $900 so what do you all usually pay for an excision? The doctor did the scrape and it had "potential" so they are going to cut it out. Thanks.
The scrape sample should have bee sent out to a lab to be analyzed for proper diagnosis.

But with this type of stuff I'm a " When in doubt, cut it out" type of guy. I'll take a scar over skin cancer anyday.

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:02 AM
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Eye8atoad View Post
The details of my like are quite inconsequential.

However, my kids are being taught to cover up and sunscreen up to a manic level.
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Melanoma killed Bob Marley, had a spot on his toe. Also killed Bruce Springsteens piano player, Danny Ferdericini (spelling?). I have had 3 melanomas, if they are caught early not to bad, if not they go deep in bloodstream and get into lymph nodes, then its game on.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:01 PM
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Two months ago the doc found a place on my cheek. Said he needed to do a biopsy it could be melanoma only small percentage. It was and he cut it out the following week. Said it was only in the skin. Now have to go to dermatologist every 3 months. Spent most of my early years in the sun putting on baby oil and iodine. Never even heard of sunscreen back then. Lost a good friend last year who had a big spot removed on his back two years ago and never followed up with the dermatologist after the surgery. He died the end of last year.
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My back looks like I'm a Rapper that was caught in a drive by and my face looks like a pirate in a knife fight. Actually after many years the face scar has faded quite a bit. I haven't been back in quite a few years to get checked so thanks for the reminder......
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For those that have been through this, what sun block do you recommend or has been recommended to you by your dermatologist? It seems there are a thousand brands out there.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:04 PM
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For those that have been through this, what sun block do you recommend or has been recommended to you by your dermatologist? It seems there are a thousand brands out there.
A lot of us put sunscreen on and then fish for 6 to 8 hours without reappling. You need to reapply every two hours or after you get wet. Easier to just cover up as much as possible. Sun Bum is a brand well known in the surfer world, but it burns my eyes. So I use a different brand on my face and try not to get it to close to my eyes.
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For those that have been through this, what sun block do you recommend or has been recommended to you by your dermatologist? It seems there are a thousand brands out there.
This is an important thread and an important topic. My wife is a dermatologist. I run the practice from the business side. Figured I would chime in. She recommends Supergoop, Alastin, and Skinceuticals. Also, Blue Lizard is good because the bottle turns blue when exposed to UV rays so it lets you know when you are getting sun. The main thing is if you want a mineral or chemical based sunscreen.

She posts all about the different types of sunscreen on her instagram page, skin cancer, etc. We live in Mobile and are in Orange Beach all of the time. I am a fisherman she has to deal with me all the time. Her post on Feb 3 covers the difference between mineral and chemical via what it means to be chemical or mineral, what is in them, the pros and cons of each, and why to choose one over the other.

One important thing, throw out your sunscreen that has been in your car or boat for a year. It goes bad in extreme heat and can actually act like cooking oil on you and lead to bad burns. She posts about that on april 28. Her instagram page is dermdrdempsey. It is very educational regarding skin cancer etc.
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KImmer, thanks for the heads up about the old sunscreen. I bet I have a dozen bottles between the pool stuff, and the boats. It's all going out this weekend.
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Do you guys just call a dermatologist and make an apointment or is the person called something special? What are they called to check for the skin cancer spots? Just look up dermatologists or what?

I read these posts and then I get anxiety. I never wear shirts or sunscreen. I read this and feel I need a look at my back.

Awhile ago there was the blood test thread and I got anxiety and went to a clinic for a blood draw. Waste of money because they just sent a whole packet of papers with numbers back that mean nothing to me. I don't even know what the values are for. Not labeled real well to me. I thought someone would have told me what the test results meant??
The thing on skin is to catch it early. Make detailed notes of any areas of concern, keep that list current, add new concerns and go no less than once a year. The doc is going to check but may not see everything. Personally I think anyone that spends time in the sun as we do should go twice a year even if there's no history. My friend's father passed away years ago from melanoma. He knew of the spot for a long, long time before it became an issue. He would probably be here today had he paid attention. Often the treatment is soooo simple early on.... later it can become life threatening or ending.
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Very good thread with excellent advise. I am a dermatologist, been in practice for 25 years, the majority diagnosing and treating skin cancer.

3 simple things.

1-Inspect. Check yourself at least once a month when you come out of the shower in your birthday suit. Have someone take a look at your back. Report anything weird.

2-Protect. Clothing, hats, buff, sunglasses, lip balm, and sunscreen parts you can’t cover

3-Get checked. Doesn’t have to be a dermatologist, can be your PCP, but have a professional look you over, once a year minimum. More if needed.

If any of you all have a specific question, please feel free to ask through pm. Usually get my THT fix at night.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
For those that have been through this, what sun block do you recommend or has been recommended to you by your dermatologist? It seems there are a thousand brands out there.
The NoAd stuff from Walmart works beautifully for me and equally fair little HTJ
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:06 PM
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Find someone that sells Doterra essential oils and get a bottle of this stuff, expensive as all get out but will clear up actnic keratosis and age spots very quickly


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Old 05-23-2019, 07:18 AM
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In the club. I have fished forever and was a lifeguard for 7 years, no hat, although for 4 of them I kept a shirt on, my neck has a few nicks that have been carved out.
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Originally Posted by jets View Post
Very good thread with excellent advise. I am a dermatologist, been in practice for 25 years, the majority diagnosing and treating skin cancer.

3 simple things.

1-Inspect. Check yourself at least once a month when you come out of the shower in your birthday suit. Have someone take a look at your back. Report anything weird.

2-Protect. Clothing, hats, buff, sunglasses, lip balm, and sunscreen parts you can’t cover

3-Get checked. Doesn’t have to be a dermatologist, can be your PCP, but have a professional look you over, once a year minimum. More if needed.

If any of you all have a specific question, please feel free to ask through pm. Usually get my THT fix at night.
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:27 AM
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Find someone that sells Doterra essential oils and get a bottle of this stuff, expensive as all get out but will clear up actnic keratosis and age spots very quickly

I have a smart chiropractor buddy who swears by this stuff. He claims it will actually kill the cancer cells on the skin.
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