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