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Old 06-05-2015, 01:48 PM
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Every freaking time I go for a check up it is the same crap. They find three to five spots every freaking time. This has been going on now for 16 years. Send off for biopsy, come back two weeks later cut the shit out of me again. See you next year for my annual stitchathon. I am sorry to rant on the forum but SOB I am sick of it. I wear long sleeve shirts, buffs, long pants, floppy hats, sun screen daily and extra when I am on the boat. It just never freaking ends. I feel bad for my wife because she has to see my face and body being constantly cut on and more scars. I switched docs last year hoping he would have something better to say but no,same old same old. I don't know what else I can do other than give up fishing,golfing and being outdoors or just suck it up and eventually they will run out of places to cut and stitch.

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Old 06-05-2015, 01:49 PM
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Find another doctor.
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Had a friend die a few month's ago of melanoma
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I am a melanoma survivor. I have stuff cut off so often that I should be able to do it myself at home. Seriously when you look at the possible outcome a few stitches seem a minor inconvenience.
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Guys I gotta say it sounds like you know what you're talking about, but are you really fair-skinned, a good bit older, or something like that?

At 31 years of age I've only ever had one spot cut off for a biopsy. Granted, I don't go in for annual skin scans, but...seems like you guys are getting some serious attention from the dermatologist.

Is it just a FL thing?
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Your Buoy Rob View Post
Guys I gotta say it sounds like you know what you're talking about, but are you really fair-skinned, a good bit older, or something like that?

At 31 years of age I've only ever had one spot cut off for a biopsy. Granted, I don't go in for annual skin scans, but...seems like you guys are getting some serious attention from the dermatologist.

Is it just a FL thing?
Blond hair, or was, now a nice shimmering gray, blue eyes and grew up in southwest Florida. We had no idea what a shirt was when I was a kid. I spent every hour I could fishing when I was young and as I got older the beach became the hangout. A little older became a professional golfer. Had to give up the dream and started back at the fishing. I am now paying for those choices. Had my first major skin operation when I was 29 and it has not stopped since. I know it could be worse but just feeling aggitated today over it. I really am feeling bad for my wife more than anything. She has to look at me.
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Yeah as I write this, I have 3 places on the face healing from a derm doc visit this week... better than the alternative though! I say let him have at during my annual visit.
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It sounds like this isn't about your doctor just cutting off moles every time you go in only to find out they are negative. If I am reading this right, your biopsies test positive for some variation of skin cancer - hence why you go back to get cut up.

Unfortunately all of the efforts you're making now likely have nothing to do with your recent diagnosis. That damage was likely done a long time ago, when you were not as cautious.

I know, I've paid the price for my stupidity when I was younger - had melanoma. 7 years without recurrence, thank the good Lord. EVERY 6 months I see my derm without fail.

Best wishes to you.
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Doc tells me I'm paying for my past, as in way past - 20 or more years. Every visit is ten or more AKs and it seems like at least one surgery per year.

Grew up in South Florida back when skin cancer didn't have such a notorious reputation (I'm 54 now). We were always outside - playing sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, on the boat, at the beach... More severe sunburns than I care to remember. These days I don't get out in the sun as much and when I do it's lots of coverage and sun block.

Take the little nips today or they might be shoveling dirt over your head tomorrow.
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I understand the positives of just some cutting and stitching verse the alternative. Just was having one of those days and needed to vent and not at the wife or kids.
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What was in the biopsy reports? Actual skin cancers or "premalignant" lesions (such as actinic keratoses)? If AC's they can be treated with chemicals like topical 5 FU (no that's not a ribald name - 5 fluorouracil) or imiquimod which will cause all the sun damaged skin in the entire area to flare up and look horrendous. BUT it will heal and you should do fine if you properly protect your skin in the future. Not a guarantee, you could still get a skin cancer somewhere down the line. But the AKs will be gone and you'll probably not need a few lesions taken off every year in the areas that were treated.
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:22 PM
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suck it up. I've had it several times with the last coming back with 13 stitches. better than the alternative and being 6' under.
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Some offices are cut and scan crazy. Waters edge in our area is notorious for cutting you up for no real reason. They get paid for every biopsy they take so bet your ass they will take as much as possible.

I'm 29 and already had squamous cell removed last year so I know the consequences. I've actually convinced most of my friends to get checked who would probably never have gone but some of them have had very bad experiences like yourself at cut happy doctors.
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Boy I need to start going. I grew up on a farm and we would bail hay all day long with our shirts off. I was almost black half the time. i also have a lot of moles that most of which fit the diagnosis of problems.
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I say your Dr. Is " spot on " ,no pun intended! If your biopsy is coming back positive ,let him cut and live with it. Live being the key word here.
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I'll say this again. By all means get checked... But KNOW that the excision of "suspicious" growths is by far the most abused, fraudulent medical practice out there. Very legit docs do it every day.

The solution: see a derm at a university- affiliated medical center. They are far less likely to be $$ motivated.

Also, before anyone cuts you demand to see the path report. YOU can read it yourself. And get a second opinion.

Again, get checked regularly!
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by flcatcher1 View Post
What was in the biopsy reports? Actual skin cancers or "premalignant" lesions (such as actinic keratoses)? If AC's they can be treated with chemicals like topical 5 FU (no that's not a ribald name - 5 fluorouracil) or imiquimod which will cause all the sun damaged skin in the entire area to flare up and look horrendous. BUT it will heal and you should do fine if you properly protect your skin in the future. Not a guarantee, you could still get a skin cancer somewhere down the line. But the AKs will be gone and you'll probably not need a few lesions taken off every year in the areas that were treated.
I used one of the creams that you mention (forget which one) but apparently they can trigger some type of immune response that has the potential to make you feel extremely sick. It worked well and brought a crap load of AK's to the surface and I looked like hell. The troubling part is that I started to feel REALLY physically ill ...derm guy said it could definitely be the medication and stopped it..felt better soon after. Others I know didn't have those reactions at all. I could never use it again and am back to the freezing method.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:28 AM
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I just went for my 1st derm visit, they got me in 27 places. 53 and lived in the SC sun my whole life.
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I go every three months just to get checked. 6 zaps last week on the ears! Make sure to wear proper clothing, sun gloves and stay under the t-top as much as possible. Cutting and digging are the price we pay not covering up years ago.
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