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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby griffo1 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:10 pm

Thank you noeskimo for sharing your story with us,.... very appropriate with the recent Movember charity call.

I for one was brought up on the beach...loved the sand and surf...in those days slip slop slap wasn't really understood, then everyone took cover and now the powers that be advise us that were not getting enough sun.

Good to hear you had the good sense to get yourself checked out and the offending bits removed, and continually being checked for further offending bits.

And Red....you dark horse.....a excellent layman’s description of the situation, causes and non causes of a disease which is effecting or maybe effecting some or most of us in hopefully a very small way only.

As you know red, I'm not a doctor but you laid out the explanation very logically for all to understand.....

THANK YOU BOTH...for raising awareness and hopefully reducing some of the mystery , pain and misery associated with this horrible disease.

All the very Best ;-)
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby Shorty » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:34 pm

Stopped Reading after the first page,went straight down to my Complete Angler store and brought a "Frill neck" hat 8)

Heres AKFF member "Shufoy" last weekend,,he has the right idea as well.
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby Abner » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:41 pm

It dosent hurt to bring these thing up as reminders,
Good one Dodge, Lucky they didnt take much more off your ears Mate,
What would you hang your sunnies off?

I have been lucky myself,always in the Sydney beach sun,always swimming comp every day training
Spearfishing,snorkeling,fishing,no sunscreen,did wear a hat though,at the appropriate time of course,
never had a cancer,have a few moles but nothing operable,hope it stays that way.
I have just started using sunscreen and I use "SOIRX"block and tackle sunblock.
spf30+ (actually rated over 44+ but they are not allowed to say that) and waterproof for 4 hours,
get it at your tackle shop.
www.44plus.com.au
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby solatree » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:37 pm

Had my first BCC cut out of my neck on thursday - only a small one - 5 stiches. I expect it won't be the last. Am now on a regular screening program.

Thanks Dodge for starting this important safety topic.
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby Dodge » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:39 pm

Start of another summer..... so the annual bump up of this thread for benefit of new members to encourage slip, slop, and slap.
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby grinner » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:59 pm

yeah good warning dodge

2/3 queenslanders will get one and probably a lot higher for fishos

1 BCC
common,often look pearly, never metastasize, like the nose and face and often in areas that are painful to excise

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2 SCC
common, often look scaley, can metastasise but not that common. more like to metastasize on the lip

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3 MELANOMA
deadly, often metastasize after very shallow invasion (uually grow sideways first and need to be excised at this stage)
QLD highest rate in the world .

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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby Hantu » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:09 pm

i know my mum has had a few bits and pieces burnt off her face each year or two. I also heard somewhere that some places havea system that will scan your body and basically take a photo and then when you come in on subsequent visits and they scan you it can spot the difference to assist in early detection. Does any one know of one of these places in Melbourne and if you need a referal from a local gp to go there?
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby YakCult » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:48 am

Couldn't agree with you more, Richo!!
I have to see the skin specialist on the regular basis too, now!
The damage the sun CAN do, must never be underestimated.......
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby bomberjames » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:18 am

Speedy recovery Dodge.

From this post we all know of someone who has experienced cancer .Its a timley reminder to cover up in the sun.I always where a broad rim hat however I have farmers arms.Each year I take more and more precautions.
Our pets too need protection from the sun.
My wife"s farther at the moment is battling prostate cancer and my brothers wife Uncle is battling leukaemia and I lost an Auntie many years ago from breast cancer.
None of us are immuned to this disease .
However some people never learn,espically when I read proposal for nudiust beaches in Melbourne.

My xmas to you and your family and good fishing.
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby profish45 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:35 am

ya same thanks mate
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby warren63 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:53 pm

Went to the doctors just before xmas to get a good checkup and took a few blood samples and such and results came back that i have a vitamin d deficiency and told to get some unprotected sun, i questioned his suggestion but seems its quite common. I would rather have a deficiency then skin cancer though.
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Re: Skin cancer - a personal experience warning

Postby mustrumr » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:18 am

I've just come back from the skin specialist, where the small roughened and darkened patch on my face (which looked a bit worrying to me - oh God, I'm going to die :lol: ) turned out to be a seborrheic keratosis. I've never heard of them before, but fortunately they aren't cancerous: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seborrheic_keratosis . In fact they are completely benign, but can look a lot like a melanoma.

Since they are benign treatment isn't essential, but the specialist burnt it off with liquid nitrogen as it was mildly disfiguring and was also annoyingly itchy. I've been lucky - I've spent 50 years doing outdoor activities like sailing, surfing and fishing, and in my youth it wasn't a good summer unless you peeled a half a dozen times. Sounds like a recipe for skin cancer to me.

So, if anyone is reading this, and wondering about whether they should get that spot checked out - do it! You might be lucky like me and find out that it's nothing to worry about. Or you might be even luckier and find that it's something that needs treating, but you've got it early enough to be treatable. Leave it - and who knows?

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