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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 08:32 AM
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As long as I'm on here: I spent the first little while of my 81st year fretting about the big and growing skin cancer on my temple. Slowed it down for a year or so with home chemo then decided to go see a doc. Had surgery earlier this month in San Jose and so far the wound is healing nicely. Handled it nicely also with no insurance because many many tests and a foursome of surgeons fixed me up for about $2500 bucks start to finish.

Jury is still out because nobody knows if they got all the cancer underneath the new skin --- some months ahead will show me if all is well or tell me to find a plan B. or C.

In the end I can just add this to the equation of reasons you catch me eating a whole tube of toothpaste or chasing my dog with a duck call for several hours. Does it really matter what causes late changes and death? Looking back I think I developed Alzheimer's when I was just a kid, when it first came out. When and if they do my autopsy it would please me to listen to the medicos eyeballing all the co-morbid things that surely contributed to my end. "Hey, Earl, look at this. You would think this alone would have laid this old geezer away, not the thing with the ticker or that ruined liver."
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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 08:55 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Osprey  
Had surgery earlier this month in San Jose and so far the wound is healing nicely. Handled it nicely also with no insurance because many many tests and a foursome of surgeons fixed me up for about $2500 bucks start to finish.



Good idea to have the surgery. The cost is interesting. Since I spend about 1/2 the year in BCS and am well into geezerhood, there's a good chance I'll need to pay for medical services in Mexico and of course cost is important.

I'd like to see other folks post about their experiences with the Mexican health system.
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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 09:50 AM


Not in Mexico, but I can report that it is incredibly important to stay on top of any skin cancer. I have had 25 skin cancers surgically removed (all 3 kinds) over the past 20 years or so, and all the operations were totally successful. Most of my life was spent outside and in the sun (Pilot, Ranger, Prof. River Runner, bridge Construction, surfer, etc.), and now I am paying for it.
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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 10:09 AM


My dad was a redhead, with no ability to tan, and sunscreen came along too late in life for him. He spent the bulk of his life working outdoors, and spent years exploring Mexico and the dessert southwest.

He passed away just short of his 93rd birthday with skin cancer....not from it! It seemed that every few years he was getting another problem spot excised, but he lived as long as he wanted to.

I had a melanoma removed from my shoulder blade in 2005, and so far, no recurrence. I get my annual physical next week, and it will be discussed with my doctor.




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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 10:09 AM


One would think that we should have passed away years ago since we spent quite a bit in the sun long before sun screen was invented...hell, we used to use coconut oil and baby oil just so we get a better tan!
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[*] posted on 5-27-2017 at 10:14 AM


the nice folks at the VA just across the border just keep whittling away!:coolup:
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[*] posted on 5-28-2017 at 04:53 AM


Not yet. First they tried the "fetch and stretch", pulling all the skin around and over the big space left by the pokerchip size tumor. They call that a "flop or flap". They chose not to do a graft as I have no white cells.

In my case I was ugly before I got the cancer so you won't see me on the silver screen no matter how it ends.
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[*] posted on 5-28-2017 at 08:28 AM


Good on you Osprey for getting things handled. Positive thoughts that all comes out super bueno.



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[*] posted on 5-28-2017 at 07:35 PM


My doctor seems unconcerned about the "skin tags" I have at both temples, even though they first first popped up after spending too long in the sun. Now that I avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, they haven't gotten worse, but I fear a rose by any other name isn't just an age spot.

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[*] posted on 5-28-2017 at 07:53 PM


I just cut tags off with a nail clipper---------boom, no more problems with tags.
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