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There has been endless stuff written on the dangers of the sun, and the importance of protection, and here is another based on my own experience.

My outcomes are the result of ignorance in the early years, stupidity, and the 'it can't happen to me' approach when younger.

In 1994 I was having a hernia repair scheduled, and asked the doctor to check a sore spot on my chest, he said it's a skin cancer and agreed to remove while doing the other repair; when I woke up, I'd been cut nipple to nipple, had a half walnut size hole in my chest, and skin grafted from my arm for the graft.

For another 8 years a succession of varying excisions, and liquid nitrogen freezings were done to counter keratosis, BCCs and SCCs.

Being a pro garden contractor many excisions got infected, so with the agreement of the doctor, further repairs stopped pending my retirement in 18 months and a cleaner enviroment and less infection risk.

I had long established by now from the medicos that the damage was done in teenage years in temperate Sydney, when skin care was on no ones mind, and not as a result of moving to Queensland.

March 2004 saw me with the plastic surgeon at Mater Brisbane to tidy up the problems; after an eye biopsy surgery was scheduled for a month later...both ears trimmed, about 5 grafts, 3 excisions and the eye fixed [all in one op].

Waking up the ears were done, excisions OK, grafts done [1 mango seed size], and a skin donor site on my thigh 200mm x 70mm...while asleep they decided eye needed reconstruction and a seperate op needed [bugger].

The foregoing, really only had a couple of unpleasant bits to endure; 6 days after the op 3 hours to remove 300 staples [nurses guess] which I didn't enjoy, and graft donor sites are no fun for about a week or 10 days

Two weeks later into theatre again, and left lower eyelid removed, and sections of the top lid were grafted into its place....I woke up with the top lid sewn to my cheek for another 14 days, and it was released with a third op then.

The eye procedure was developed in WA, and my permission was asked to do it as a first here, and also to film the op for training purposes.

The dramatic eye pic does not convey how painless it was, and the brilliant result that has followed.

I am a work in progress, and there have been 3 more excisions under local to date this year, with more after the Big W trip in August; and that is now the pattern until I turn up my toes

Without being flippant, your body can be repaired like a patchwork quilt, as there is plenty of meat to shuffle around.

Above the shoulders is the place to be fussy ...eyes, nose, and ears are all cartilage and not so easy to repair.

Your long term comfort and appearance is in your hands NOW :wink:
 

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a timely warning dodge, I'll be off to my local skin cancer clinic for a checkup asap! :shock:

I had my first 'suspect' spots removed when in my mid teens (20 years ago) and have had several more taken off since then. Also due to spending nearly every day during my youth on the beach and surfing without ever wearing a drop of sunscreen.

I'm now very careful with my kids and lather tham in sunblock whenever out in the sun...

thanks for the reminder! :lol:

ps. you could just say that your scars are sharkbites that you got when fighting a big shark from your yak! :shock: 8)
 

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Hi Richo, Great post mate.

I am in a similar but not yet so advanced position.

You young buggers, Study Richos piccies very carefully. It can AND WILL bloody happen to you unless you are smart now.

Wear a proper hat, not a bloody baseball cap, Wear a long sleeve shirt AND use sunscreen - every time you go out.

Richo has minimised the pain and discomfort factor. Let me tell you now, it bloody hurts getting a skin cancer burnt of your nose or ear. It hurts worse to get one cut off your face or the back of your hand.

My signature below is not appropriate for a post of this kind, but I don't have time to change it now.
 
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I know I for one will be getting myself checked very very soon.

I have a scabby little 'sore' on my back that never seems to heal and bleeds if I attack it thinking its just a pimple......

I've been telling my wife to go in and get checked for a couple of years now (she's got lovely olive skin, but lots of small moles). It wasnt until I became concerned about my little unhealing sore than she agreed to come in with me and have ourselves checked out together, she'd been dismissing my calls for so long it was a relief to get her to agree to come with me.

Thanks for sharing that with us Richo.....I for one will be heeding your advice and taking more care......
 

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A timely reminder for us all Richo. Cancer of all kinds can be a scarey thing and we often think it will never happen to us, but most people know someone who has it or had it.
My girlfriend has her own battle with cancer going on at the moment :cry: . It is something that is difficult for not only the sufferer but also their loved ones.
Thanks for sharing Richo hopefully through you telling your story you may help someone catch their cancer early or better still stop it altogether.
All the best for the future.

Hairy - I think your signature is still relevant mate because life is about living each day like its your last, not in a reckless way but appreciating the small things and living in the moment.
 

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Thanks for sharing that with us Dodge. Your post is a reminder to me, to have my skin looked at too. The problem with skin is, that all younger people regard skin as simply being a bag, that holds all the parts together, and not one of the most critical systems to our well-being, and even our very survival. I used to be a mowing contractor, and with the hands in the back side up to the sun most of the time I used to wear cotton gloves consistently. However I have a problem with sun screens, and find that they actually make me cook. I guess I have the advantage of having been brought up in a cooler less sunny clime, and therefore have not done the EARLY Damage, which seems to come back to haunt Queenslanders in particular.

Thanks again, and Cheers all Andybear :lol:
 

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I'll try and remember to ask her about some sunscreens that might be a bit easier on the skin for ya.
Had skin care discussions with 3 different plastos, and a common thread between all was brand meant nothing, just get a high SPF number and use it as directed, because frequency is as important as the strength.

Get a generic brand sorbolene and apply after the sun and also often [it rubs in to dry skin and not greasy]; one also said women buy the fancy cosmetics when sorbolene would do all the same things for general skin care :wink:
I now have a pump bottle next to my chair and apply often, it is also good on grafted skin right from the start.

And finally every one is anti caps, if you are dinki di about sun prevention
 

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Yeah, those bloody caps might be OK in the cool temperate climate of the states and they certainly seem to be a fashion accessory for many now but out here, they are about as useful at a hip pocket in a singlet.

I hate the basterds. Give me a Aussie Akubra (or similar) anytime.
 

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Richo,
I hate the sun. Now I know why.
Thank you for your candour.
Cheers,
Jake
 

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G'day fellas

Thanks for another timely warning leading into summer about the dangers of what i like to call "the great ball of death". I know this may be in bad taste, BUT remember "Chick Dig Scars"
That explains why the bikini babe gives me cuddles and kisses Gatesy, wish I had one on the love tackle like your uncle when she's visiting, as long as my bride was out of course

Don't have to worry about bad taste mate...there are 300 Chopper jokes in circulation, and I've heard every one of them ten times :wink: :lol:
 

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I agree the freezing off of the bcc's stings like hell and brings a tear to the eyes when it is on the cheekbone. I wear a floppy hat when fishing and sunnies and long sleeve shirt which can get uncomfortable some times but is better than a melanoma. About the ol' feller getting damaged..... you don't have to have an area exposed to the sun to get a BCC or SCC, you can get a melanoma between your toes or under your hairline or near the ol' feller. In saying that you will get melanoma's on unprotected skin that is exposed. I have had a few burnt off and cut off and the skin specialist had told me then that melanoma's can pop up anywhere, this was 10 years i was told and it may have changed since with further research. Thanks again for the warning dodge..
 

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Im very fair skinned and have always worn gloves, hat and long sleeved shirt when fishing ( very similar to Gatesy's set up). My wife is always letting me know that she is no danger of me straying to 'greener pastures' when im kitted up to go fishing, dont know what she's talking about :roll: .

Its good to see that everythings cool Richo, despite a few 'battle scars'. Personally I wouldve gone for a DD cup though :wink: .
 

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On ya Dodge.
I'm an OHS consultant and have been enforcing a total cover policy (attempting to anyway) at work for the last ten years or so i.e. long trouser, long sleeves wide brimmed hat or legionaires cap and sun screen on exposed areas.
I'm in local government so there was a fair "bronzed Aussie" resistance attitude when we first started the sun smart push. It is amazing however how the attitude has changed and we now have almsot total acceptance.
We provide regular training from the cancer council and offer staff skin cancer screenings annually.
This program has saved lives - I have no doubt - as some have caught problems early enough to do something about it.
I recommend annual skin checks for every one - it take < 10 minutes and could save your life.

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Dodge
thanks for the reminder to go to the skin doctor
From personal experience of having a melanoma cut out it scares the s&^t out of you.

regards
 

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scupper said:
I recommend annual skin checks for every one - it take < 10 minutes and could save your life.
In tropical areas you may be better served by six monthly checks, and as you say only a few minutes of time.

Any small stuff found only gets a puff of liquid nitrogen at that stage, and is no worse than getting a love bite
 

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With the arrival of another summer just bumped this up the top again
 
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