Melanoma - we are out in the sun and don’t think about sun protection

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  1. Dr Ray

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    Went to gun shop yesterday (my favorite place)
    Man I knew and chatted to about my 416, is dead!
    Discovered he had melanoma and was dead in two weeks!
    Yikes!
    Suggest we all get checked as I did and had a skin cancer cut out.
     
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  2. BRICKBURN

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    Coincidently in for a check next week with the specialist. Just to make sure.
     

  3. Dean Macdonald

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    42 years old when I was first diagnosed. They cut out several patches of basel-cell carcinoma at the time, and continue to find "suspicious" looking moles two years later.
    I am happy that mine were caught before they turned into something else. I grew up never wearing sun protection, getting burned multiple times per year so that I could get a good "base". I am now almost religious in my use of sunscreen, long sleeves and a hat.
    My advice to anyone would be to teach your kids to take care of their skin from the beginning, so that they have healthy skin in the future.
     
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    I get my moles mapped about every year or 18 months. Almost time for the next checkup.

    I wear my 5" brim Gus, long sleeves, and jeans when I spend much time in the Sun. I'm almost as white as the background on this website.
     
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    I've never been much of a sun lover. 50 years later that's actually served me well. Long sleeved shirts, long pants, good hats...and sunblock. Sunburn sucks...cancer sucks more.

    Be safe out there.
     
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    Excellent reminder Dr Ray!
    Thanks!
     
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