Thursday, May 15, 2014

 Avoiding Melanoma is worth the trip

If you don’t count visits to the doctor, I haven’t been out of the house in 38 days. I know because I started marking the calendar the first night I slathered my head with this caustic cream that eats your face an makes you look like the bastard child of Erik the Red and Jabba the Hut.

The prescription stuff is to combat skin cancer while it is still precancerous. But the cure is nasty. It stings, burn, itches and preys on your vanity. Ohhh. I look like a walking adv for a connect the dots game. A red marks-a-lot is recommended. Should clear up in a few weeks.

The source? Too much West Texas sun as a teenager. Pale winters chased by sun burned spring. Remember smelling of vinegar as your skin would marinade into summer?

Like most geezers in my demographic, I’ve had several bouts with several kinds of skin cancer. I've won every time. So far, so good. You, too?

Here’s the deal – show your face to your grandchildren when you look your worst. Melanoma is serious stuff.


The South Plainsman said...

Had 5 removed....all basal cell. Have one now. Melanoma is bad stuff, but the actinic keratosis that most of us get on our heads and faces are forerunners of basal cell carcinoma. Melanomas form between the top layer of skin and the next layer when melanocytes grow out of control. Really bad stuff. You will be glad you did this.

r2 said...

Better red than dead! It's that Irish skin; my mother and my big brother went through it, too, but I don't remember this bit.

When I first saw the picture, I thought you had messed up the wine. At least that's still okay.

Ken Martin said...

George in this case I hope the cure is worse than the disease and prevents it. Hang in there dude, as this too will pass.

ArchGrafiX said...

Probably best to stay home for awhile, George. The general public probably won't understand and no sense entertaining them for free. I have psoriasis that comes and goes and it sure can be embarrassing at pool parties ('tis the season) but at least I am among friends. Console with wine and know that you are taking care of the problem. Best of luck with it and heed what Ken has said.

Laura Burns said...

John gets checked out at UTMB dermatology annually.

Denise said...

Glad you're taking care of this now, George. Will say I agree that perhaps the cure is pretty tough. Hang in there and catch up on your reading and writing here on this blog!!

paula said...

Had melanoma surgery in 1995 on my leg. They said they got it all, but I didn't exhale for a year. Now, almost 20 years later, I realize how lucky I was to catch it early.
Not only is melanoma virtual incurable once it reaches a certain stage, but there's no expiration date on when it might reappear to rear its ugly head, so I must wear sunblock and get checked every year. No West Texas, Florida, California or Hawaii for me.

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