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Old 06-06-2011, 08:16 AM
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Due to a few 'suspicious' moles I have been doing bi-annual skin cancer checks with a dermatologist. Numerous biopsies, but so far nothing dangerous. I attribute this to many years of boating, with a 1960's attitude toward sunsreen - i.e. none. I'm paying the price for that now that I'm in my 50's. Knock on wood everything is going fine so far.

I'm a little more surprised by what I'm finding with my kids. I have a 14 and a 16 year old and both of them have been referred to dermatologists for skin checks due to 'suspicious' moles. Are skin checks of this kind more common now nationally due to increased awareness of skin cancer or is it a South Florida thing due to our heavy solar exposure? I'm clearly going to be responsible about taking the kids in for their skin checks. I am just trying to get a feel for how common the process is for the under 30 group. Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:36 AM
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Ive had numerous surgeries to remove basal andsquima cells over the last couple of years,
Im 52 live in Boston and Irish descent, grew up on the beaches of Gloucester with little sun screen etc.
I recently took ,my 12 yr old to a mole looked at, he was fine, my 16 yr old seems to be fine.
Might want to ask your dermatologist abt this or check this out.
http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/default.htm

As you mentioned, this is serious stuff,so, don't mess around with it, I just lost an Aunt who died of Melanoma, granted she was elderly, still.....

Good Luck !
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:56 AM
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I get my 7 yr old checked annually. He has a lot of moles, he's fare skinned with blond hair. Skin cancer awareness became a reality in my house when at 32 yrs old I was diagnosed with melanoma. Actually I'm going in for my annual check on Thurs.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:59 AM
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I'm in my 60's and go every 6-8 months. I have yet to have an "all clear" check ups in three or so years. Only one removal last visit. I've learned the lesson about sunblock and wearing shirts.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I get my 7 yr old checked annually. He has a lot of moles, he's fare skinned with blond hair. Skin cancer awareness became a reality in my house when at 32 yrs old I was diagnosed with melanoma. Actually I'm going in for my annual check on Thurs.
Same here. Stay on top of it.
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