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Watch for Body Assassins!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Melanoma cancer is no joke; it is a KILLER! As my doctor explained it to me a while back, “It’s like a budding dandelion; once the flower reaches the point where the seeds are caught by the wind they scatter only to sprout elsewhere; so goes Melanoma. But if you cut off the flower you prevent the seed spreading but the plant still has roots and will flower again. By digging out the root you stand a better chance of killing the growth entirely.

So it is with Melanoma; there is a “PRE-STAGE” if caught in time the roots, which are not deep, can be excised from the body. To ignore a small skin blotch that precedes melanoma is like allowing dandelions to take over a beautiful lawn. DON’T IGNORE THEM!

My first bout with Melanoma was in August 2010. Back then my primary physician noticed an irregular brown spot 1/16 inch wide on the left side of my cheek that I paid little attention to while shaving. At my age “liver spots” are common – so they say - LOL. It turned out that spot was beyond the “pre-stage” as it reached “stage 1” of a possible five stages. In terms of a dandelion the weed grew the first stage of the stem; roots were not too deep. It was successfully removed.

Two years later and more aware, I recently spotted a 1/8 inch dark brown freckle on my chest and sure enough the biopsy revealed the “PRE-STAGES” of Melanoma. Today they excised it. They drew a pattern around it about a 1/8 inch larger than the spot itself. Injecting the area with Xylocaine they painlessly removed the assassin. The procedure took all of 40-minutes. I’ve sat in a dentist’s chair for longer than that.

Since this is my second bout with pesky spots, I’ve been advised that as of now a skin check will be performed every three months. So please, do your family a favor and have your skin examined for pesky spots. As I indicated in an earlier blog, it’s performed by a knowledgeable specialist that puts on a pair of magnifying spectacles looking for body assassins.

My prayer is for you to take another look at those harmless looking spots – those beauty marks in reality are trying to kill you. Arm yourself with knowledge. Life is good, Earl
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GOANNA2 12/9/2012 3:22AM

    I have just had 10 spots burnt off. The blisters are horrible,
but at least I know that is the worst part and nothing more
serious. I used to think that because I had olive skin that I
wouldbe immune. How wrong I was. We babyboomers used
to just 'sunbake' when we were young and now have to really
make sure we take care of ourselves in the sun. Thanks Earl. emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 12/6/2012 12:52PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I made an appointment for a skin check on Friday.

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MYLOVELYCURVES 12/3/2012 11:42AM

    Thank you for posting this! I am definitely going to make sure I check my skin regularly and if any suspicious spots appear I'll go and see a doctor. Thanks again for the reminder!

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REXTINE1 12/1/2012 6:34PM

    Now you've got me worried. I have not had Melanoma so far as I know, but my dermatologist scheduled me back in three months instead of the normal six. I don't know why.

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KATHRYNLP 12/1/2012 10:00AM

    Thanks Earl... this is great information and it will help a lot of people who read it, like me! emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/30/2012 8:28PM

    Ya KNow, Earl, WE ALL NEEDED you to say that.
I know I did. I think early next year I'll make another
appointment.

It's been a year.

Praying that all goes well with you.

It does seem all my friends who have had one have
MANY more after that, quite frequently.

Take care.

Blessings ON You!


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WOWEETOO 11/30/2012 7:30PM

    yep my dermatolgist looks for those with her magnifying glass because i spent years out on a surfboard with no real sun protection
my deal is the every six onths colonoscopy for precancerous growths in the colon nine removed three different times last 18 months
if you don't pay attention those things really sneak up on you for sure
the lady mary emoticon

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