Jimmy Dancer

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 08:52
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I have had a lot of sun over the years. Travelling I wear a hat and glasses and probably get less sun than my day to day life on the farm.

I had terrible sun burn year after year as a kid. Then went brown of course.

My Dad ended up having cancers cut off his face, ears etc... but smoking related desease got him before the skin cancer.

I have lots of interesting spots and have them checked by my GPs ever so often. I just worry that the quick look over doesn't really identify the very first signs. In particular one itchy little bit on my lizard skin kneck... no spot really, just a bit itchy ....

I hope it doesn't sound racist, but I visit two GPs regularly. One is a lovely bloke from Africa. He did a quick check of my spotty bod and dismissed the worry very quickly. I wonder if he has the 'eye' to spot a bad spot? The other bloke is pale Pommie, so I choose him for the 'spot check' now.

I'm about to go in and have yet another check. Not really paranoid... but haven't seen this discussion between out there Exploroz mob before.... Thoughts?
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Reply By: pepper2 - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:27

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:27
I am fair skinned and have had surgery,etc to remove various skin cancers,diagnosed by various gp,s over the years.My mrs advised me to seek out a skin cancer specialist for check ups etc,the difference in technique is dramatic As you say you are visiting GP,s not specialists,perhaps ask your gp what specific training he has.
In november the specialist advised that i try a treatment to combat skin cancers on my face,because of the many sites that i have,this involves applying a cream daily it has the effect of starving the skin cancer sites ,they later dry up and fall off,no surgery no scars,takes a few weeks leaves the skin soft and clear.Perhaps it may assist you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:45

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:45
Hi pepper2, my hubby has that problem, he goes to a skin specialist and has to have cancers moved from his scalp, he also uses the cream but it doesn't work too well with his cancers. There are so many different types of those skin cancers



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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:33

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:33
I tell you what else will get you .
Making your own lead sinkers in a confined space IE garage .
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:49

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 09:49
I have similar issues to you & have had a few cut off over the years. I now show my GP which ones itch or are sore ,or just worry me, & he freezes them off.
I do this once a year. But there is no substitute for a full exam by a skin
specialist if you have concerns. I lost my best mate to Melanoma about 10 years
ago, so it pays to be careful...........oldbaz.
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Reply By: Steve63 - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:23

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:23
Melanoma is most common in white people who live in sunny climates so both your GPs may not be the greatest at spotting them. Melanoma can present very differently from one person to another and the common ABCDE rule the GP's use has quite a few flaws and exceptions. The only proven method is experience in detection. Go and see a dermatologist who specialises in skin cancers. Even melanoma's can be sucessfully treated if caught early but are all but untreatable if left.

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Reply By: trickytoo - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:53

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 13:53
I agree with Steve.

Get your doc to refer you to a dermatologist, not a skin cancer clinic, a dermatologist. And that goes for everyone else out there too. I have had a GP miss a skin cancer while the dermatologist detected it.

Thanks for raising the discussion as it is an important one for those of us that spend many hours in the sunshine, now and when we were kids....

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Reply By: - mazcan - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 15:25

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 15:25
hi royce
well yes i can relate to your question
i have very fair skin and have always suffered with sunburn and use to blister regulary and then peel like a banana over the years
5 yrs ago i had a small lump removed from the side of neck and 2 years ago i did my complete facial area with efudix cream
it was in all a 3 month exercise from start to when the blotches caused by the efudix completely cleared up
i havent experienced anything like it i had burning pain on day/ night basis and was unable to sleep much and it stirred up my nerves big time

in fact i told the dr i thought the cream was nuclea waste from churnobile in russia
i found it to be simular to weak battery acid , i'm not kidding you
i lost a whole layer of skin from areas treated and was an ugly sight for several weeks///// old story no pain--- no gain but if it's worth doing it's worth doing well !!!
but ! - then the end results was well worth the effort and painfulness
i now have a more youthful unblemished face and neck /forehead and clear skin appearance but the old bits are still on the inside --- lol
my dr congratulated me he said only 40% of the patience he recommended this treatment too
actually completed it but all with good results
so to all of those contemplating this
my advice is do it although a lot of discomfort and a real challenge it was definately worth it 100%
cheers and a happy new year to all
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Follow Up By: Sludgie - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 19:35
Got to agree with you on that one. Used efudix myself 4 years ago and as you said it stings and itches but what a difference after the process was finished.Skin on the face and neck were as smooth as a baby's behind although my face still has that ugly look about it.

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Reply By: harryopal - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:26

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 16:26
If you have odd spots that haven't really developed try regular dabs with vinegar. I am not saying don't see a specialist if that is what you feel you have to do but there is a natural follow on for most doctors to burn off any spots and personally I don't care for the idea of having holes burned in me.
I have always spent a lot of time at the beach and outdoors and find that where there have been things developing that I am sure the doctor would have been delighted to have burned off and charged the usual fee I have gone for the vinegar instead and after a bit the `spot' dries and scratches off.
Low cost and the `treatment' is benign.

Yours tropically, Harry
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 18:12

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 18:12
Geez Harry,

I have had a Melanoma removed from my left ear, they took half my ear away and removed 21 lymph nodes from my skull to the bottom of my neck, and buggered up several nerves, that was in 2008 so far so good, so DON'T tell readers to use Vinegar for a cure, a Sun Spot can be 10 mm deep when they take a Biopsy, before they start cutting into your hide to remove stuff, they can go very deep, if I followed your advice I wouldn't be around.
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Reply By: hazo - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 19:42

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 19:42
I too had advanced Melanoma 9 years ago, it was picked up purely by chance as I had attended the Gps for a totally different reason.
The following treatment and the "what if it comes back" is very traumatic to myself and family.

I have since been in remission but have had quite a few Sqamous cell carcinoma's removed from my face and body.
The worst was on the bridge of my nose which left me with an " ex boxers" nose
But hey I can live with that and I'm still here!

I personally think everyone should have at least a 12 monthly check up by a specialist dermatologist, as at some skin cancer checkup places it is only done by a local GP with minimal experience in that area.

If in doubt get it checked!
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