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The Melanoma, Skin Cancer & Mole Thread... #2951451
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Had some moles frozen off at the Dermatologist about a month ago. One was darker on my left chest which was excised. Biopsy came back...NOT Melanoma/Skin Cancer but an Atypical Mole (Dysplastic Nevus). Had a moderate level of "bad cells" so they had to cut out larger margins today...7 stitches on top and 4 internal...out of the water, gym, and most upper body activities for 3 weeks now. Have consistently used sunblock over the years (sometimes not as much when a kid) as well, but feel like I'm going to be a slave to the Dermatologist now. Any Melanoma, Skin Cancer, atypical mole, etc. stories/info much appreciated!

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Accumulation of sunburns in your youth may have caught up with you. It did with me. 18 precancerous moles removed from my back (basel cell) two dysplastic nevus, one on my face, one on my forearm. Then crowned it all off with a melanoma (outside of safe margins) on the bottom of my foot. Would not wish the procedure of it's removal on my worst enemy. Make sure your dermatologist is an expert on skin cancer. The dermatologist that looked at my melanoma thought it was just fungus, when I pressed her, she redundantly took a biopsy. Glad I did or else I'd be a goner. If there's a Sloan Kettering in your neck of the woods, I would recommend them. Pay attention to your doctor, avoid advice from internet experts. Cover up and lather up, stay away from direct sun mid day, be a diligent observer of any change in moles. Yes, unfortunately you'll be seeing a lot of your dermatologist. Good luck, be safe.

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ouch! sounds like a good sized chunk of flesh. just has basal cell carcinoma removed from back of my neck and oddly from an area that is covered by the neck of my wetsuit. was only 3 stitches on the surface for me and only 10 days out of the water/no exercise.

i'm very diligent about sunscreen and always have been but have now started wearing a hat after 8:00 a.m. if the waves are under head high. i've given thought to using my hooded rash guard from patagonia that i wear on surf trips but have not gone that far yet.

i also see the dermatologist two times per year.

good luck.

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Originally Posted by obslop
i've given thought to using my hooded rash guard from patagonia that i wear on surf trips but have not gone that far yet.


After two trips to Hawaii last year for my pale white ass, the hooded rash guard was/is indispensable for me on trips to the tropics. Kept me nice and covered from the sun, and I highly recommend it.

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I've had 3 atypical moles removed. None came back as cancerous and no extra cutting. Currently have two small halo moles in the middle of my back that I've had for close to 7 years now. Grew up in Fl and certainly wasn't the best with the sunscreen as a grom even up into my early 20's. Got my first one cut off at 29 and haven't surfed without a shirt going on almost 10 years now. Good thing about where I live now is I'm always covered in rubber. I try to go twice a year but I'm due. Glad i saw this thread. Need to get my butt back in to the Derm.

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My dermatoligist told me Bob Marley died from a melanoma located under one of his toe nails. So much for dark skin/pigments not being susceptible to skin cancers...

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Originally Posted by Emmohl80
I've had 3 atypical moles removed. None came back as cancerous and no extra cutting. Currently have two small halo moles in the middle of my back that I've had for close to 7 years now. Grew up in Fl and certainly wasn't the best with the sunscreen as a grom even up into my early 20's. Got my first one cut off at 29 and haven't surfed without a shirt going on almost 10 years now. Good thing about where I live now is I'm always covered in rubber. I try to go twice a year but I'm due. Glad i saw this thread. Need to get my butt back in to the Derm.


Mine was only an atypical mole that still had a "moderate level" of atypical cells...not cancer or melanoma. Hacked me up good getting bigger margins

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Originally Posted by john4surf
My dermatoligist told me Bob Marley died from a melanoma located under one of his toe nails. So much for dark skin/pigments not being susceptible to skin cancers...


He didn't want to cut off his toe because it would affect his soccer game.

Dummy.


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I’ve had a couple of moles removed. One was pre-cancerous and they cut out area around it which required 4 stitches

Haven’t been to a dermatologist in a while so just booked an appointment for later this month

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Moles are never frozen off. Seborrheic keratoses are. Moles are removed with a scalpel generally. Then they are examined microscopically. Sun exposure is definitely a risk but the damage cycle is often 10's of years antecedent to the development of cancer. Always use some form of ultraviolet blockade.


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i have many moles and have had at least 6 cut out with no bad news.

I did have a spot on my back that bled... Turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. They had to dig it out deep. scarred for life


docs said its from getting sunburned as a kid.

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As a teenager and surfer in the 70's our goal was to be as tan as humanly possible. All day, everyday at the beach in the summer, minimal protection, etc. I topped that off in my 20s and 30s with a year and a half in Guam and another 3 1/2 in Hawaii.

Which leads me to a Mohs procedure last Monday for a small squamous cell on the right cheek, and most likely
more of that in my future. I'm 59. Still got the bandage on and will take a look at the damage tomorrow morning.

That being said, any thoughts on alternatives to Mohs? Seems like there was a lot of cutting and burning for
a spot that small. At least they got it all. The pamphlet says the process can take 1/2 a day as they analyze
the initial removal/sample, then continue the process if it looks like there's more.

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Alternative to MOHS? Depends on how nice you want your skin to be I guess. If you don't get all the edges of the growth they can grow back and be more destructive. Freezing, burning, scraping etc. are imprecise whereas MOHS tends to be very precise.


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Originally Posted by elpescador
That being said, any thoughts on alternatives to Mohs?


Yeah. Quit ingesting carbohydrates. Replace them with fats.

This isn't rocket science. In 1931 Otto Warburg got a Nobel Prize for proving that cancer needs sugar (carbohydrate) to survive. Humans can survive on carbohydrates or fats. You do the math.
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Just went today for my twice a year exam. Just a precancer spot frozen off and that's it.

I've had several spots frozen, two cut, and I had to use that cream on my lips (suck). I'm only 42. Gonna be a long road ahead. I surf and fish


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Thanks for the thread. I have had spots cut out in the past but none came back cancerous. Due to seeing this thread I just made an appointment. She mentioned that I hadn't been in since 2015. Damn I used to go every year. That is kind of a long gap. My wife told me the other day I had something on my back that should be looked at. Fingers crossed.

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Good to see this thread. I've probably had about a dozen moles removed over the years and try to go to a dermatologist at least every year or two for a checkup. This thread is a good reminder for me to make an appointment soon, especially with family history as my mother has had melanoma three times.


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Originally Posted by Kento
Good to see this thread. I've probably had about a dozen moles removed over the years and try to go to a dermatologist at least every year or two for a checkup. This thread is a good reminder for me to make an appointment soon, especially with family history as my mother has had melanoma three times.


Had another chest mole removed (and some face stuff burned off)...all clear on this one luckily. My mom has had a number of MOHS procedures on her face and a few melanomas as well. Back in her day, you would get as tan (and burned) as possible without any sunscreen!

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Just got back from my check up. Nothing. Not even anything that looked worrisome. She did say I had a lot of skin damage and asked if I had ever heard of a rash guard. lol Back on the yearly visits program though, 4 years was too long.

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Originally Posted by SurfDoc
Alternative to MOHS? Depends on how nice you want your skin to be I guess. If you don't get all the edges of the growth they can grow back and be more destructive. Freezing, burning, scraping etc. are imprecise whereas MOHS tends to be very precise.


Thanks SurfDoc

One of the things that bothers me about about MOHS is the size of the incision vs the size of the problem. In my case, half have the size of the
head of a pin resulting in a 2/1/2" incision on my cheek. Fortunately he got it all on the first pass.

What do you think of going after small basal cell considering the chance of metastasis is extremely unlikely?

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Although basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) rarely metastasize, they can be locally destructive. They will continue to grow and can really cause problems, especially when on the face. What you can see with your eye may only be the tip of the iceberg, and the Mohs surgeon works to remove things on a microscopic level. Depending on the type of BCC and the location, there are several other options (regular excision, radiation, topical chemotherapy, destructive lasers, "scrape/burn"). Mohs surgery has by far the best cure rate (lowest risk of recurrence) and is only used on high risk sites/patients, large skin cancers.

another way to look at it... getting it treated as soon as possible, with the most effective method will result in the best scar/outcome. If you wait, or inadequately treat and the cancer recurs, the surgery later on can only be larger.

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What mtnsrf said. Nailed it...
I once saw a patient with his entire face gone from BCC spread. Not kidding.


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Originally Posted by elpescador
As a teenager and surfer in the 70's our goal was to be as tan as humanly possible. All day, everyday at the beach in the summer, minimal protection, etc. I topped that off in my 20s and 30s with a year and a half in Guam and another 3 1/2 in Hawaii.

Which leads me to a Mohs procedure last Monday for a small squamous cell on the right cheek, and most likely
more of that in my future. I'm 59. Still got the bandage on and will take a look at the damage tomorrow morning.

That being said, any thoughts on alternatives to Mohs? Seems like there was a lot of cutting and burning for
a spot that small. At least they got it all. The pamphlet says the process can take 1/2 a day as they analyze
the initial removal/sample, then continue the process if it looks like there's more.



I fried growing up surfing in the sixties and seventies. I'm 64 now and have been having skin cancers (basal cell) removed since my twenties. My first was on my nose and a dermatologist removed it in a non-mohs procedure. He thought I was too young to have cancer, so he just scooped it out. Turns out it was cancer, but he thought he got it all, so did nothing else. He was wrong. The roots of that basal cell grew down into my nose, but finally appeared on the surface many decades later. The Mohs surgeon had to cut a big chunk out of my nose, and plug in meat from behind my ear to fill it in. He did a hell of a job, and it looks fine, but my right nostril is at least 50% occluded from scarring. That experience is why Mohs surgeons are your best option: they only take out what they think they need to take, but don't close you up until they have examined your tissue under the microscope and found clean margins. If they don't find that, they go back in and take some more out to make sure they have it all.

I've had six Mohs procedures in the last four years, and yesterday my dermatologist biopsied another spot on my nose that made need a Mohs procedure. If you catch it early enough, you come out looking fine.


Another reason why Mohs doctors are the ticket is because that is all they do, and most of their surgery is on the face. They get very good at removing all the cancer, and closing the patient up with minimal-if any-scarring. Plastic surgeons who do Mohs aren't as good, because the bulk of their practice is typically other things, boob jobs, face lifts, etc.

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I've had many moles cutoff and sent for biopsy. I'm covered and have the history in my family. Father had melanoma on his head. Just got the call on my recent biopsies this past week. 2 of 3 came back "atypical" but not cancerous. Upper chest and shoulder blade. Going back to remove more tissue next week.

As most of you have said I'm reasonably cautious with sunblock and covered up. I'm rarely shirtless in the sun for any extended period of time and my gf makes fun of me for wearing long sleeves to the beach. Personally I prefer covering up over slathering myself in chemicals whenever possible.

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My younger brother who just turned 40 and is a gamer and had only brief times in the sun was just fooking scalped to remove cancer. Im convinced it was his baseball caps he always wore. Toxic chemicals.

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Just noticed this on leg that doesn’t get much sun.

Any diagnosis?

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If you just noticed it you don’t know if you’ve had it a long time and during that time has it changed. Get checked, better safe than sorry. My friend just went to get a hernia surgery and the doctor doing surgery told him to get the mole on his stomach checked. Turned out stage 4 melanoma. Be safe.

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If you just noticed it you don’t know if you’ve had it a long time and during that time has it changed. Get checked, better safe than sorry. My friend just went to get a hernia surgery and the doctor doing surgery told him to get the mole on his stomach checked. Turned out stage 4 melanoma. Be safe.

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Originally Posted by mtnsrf
Although basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) rarely metastasize, they can be locally destructive. They will continue to grow and can really cause problems, especially when on the face. What you can see with your eye may only be the tip of the iceberg, and the Mohs surgeon works to remove things on a microscopic level. Depending on the type of BCC and the location, there are several other options (regular excision, radiation, topical chemotherapy, destructive lasers, "scrape/burn"). Mohs surgery has by far the best cure rate (lowest risk of recurrence) and is only used on high risk sites/patients, large skin cancers.

another way to look at it... getting it treated as soon as possible, with the most effective method will result in the best scar/outcome. If you wait, or inadequately treat and the cancer recurs, the surgery later on can only be larger.


Had a bcc on my nose at 31 a few years ago. And I caught it EARLY because I go to the dermo frequently. It was just a small white bump but looked "odd" because it didn't look like anything else on my body. It didn't bleed or anything. However, the scoop they took out of my nose with Mohs was large and they only had to do 2 passes. So, get them looked at quickly if they're on your face and you don't want major scarring. Had a plastic surgeon put my nose back together under anesthesia and you can hardly tell, but part of my nose is permanently numb.

Now I go every few months out of an abundance of caution and anxiety hah

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