Thursday, June 29, 2006

Up Close and Personal With Cancer Boy

Two and half weeks of treatment for Actinic Keratosis with Efudex.

Not for the faint of heart.

Three and a half weeks to go.


Baked in the sun is more than just an expression... At 45 I qualify as well-done.

The suns rays = radiation.

Radiation = skin damage.

Radiation + skin damage = Skin Cancer.

Think about it.

Lesions cover most of my face. I went to the dermatologist with only one tiny spot visible to the naked eye. Even under magnification, the only visible sun damage appeared to be on my forehead and cheekbones. Wrong.

New lesions seem to appear daily. It is estimated that ten percent of lesions ultimately become cancerous.

After one week of treatment it was too painful to shave.

Cancer Boy, also known as Krusty the Clown.

If you run in the sun...

Wear sun screen.

Wear a hat.

Please, take it from me.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it hurt?

12:13:00 AM  
Blogger 21st Century Mom said...

Ow! If every lesion you've got from the treatment represents a potential hotspot then I guess it's a good thing you are doing the treatment. Good luck with that and thanks for sharing your story.

9:26:00 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

I don't run outdoors, but I do sit outside on my breaks at work and "bake" on a daily basis. I have to say that seeing this scares the hell out of me....forgive me for being ignorant, but can you explain a little further what the lesions mean. I am understanding that each place you have a lesion is a place that is damaged and a potential for cancer? I can tell you this, no more outside lunch breaks for me without sun protection. Vince, thanks so much for the warning.

10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Vince Hemingson said...

A little "light" reading...

Or, all you ever wanted to know about Skin Cancer.

10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Will you be cured after the treatment?

10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

I think it's sad that we humans( or myself at least)have to see pictures like you posted to get the point.....

11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Yikes. I will heed the warning.

Are you allowed out in the sun right now? If so, maybe I'll see you down at Saturday's HBC Run for Canada. Look for bib number 09025.

11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there. Efudex is excellent stuff, cure rate well above 90%. I've used it for 12 years tho I've never had the guts to do my whole face at once...just in sections: My nose (several times), around my lips, etc. You'd have awful scars if you were using liquid nitrogen. I have maybe one or two pale scars from using Efudex...usually from spots I didn't even know were there but turned out to be very deep.

4:04:00 PM  

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