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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Sorry to sound ignorant, but there are skin cancer clinics? Are they in Melbourne? I asked my doctor last year about having a full body skin cancer check and he told me that I "worried too much" and I really didn't need to but *sigh* he would if I really wanted to. The only tan I get now comes from a can! Although I was so angry with myself last week, I was sitting outside reading, got waaaayy to caught up in my book and got sunburnt
    Not sure about Melb, I assume they would be there too though. Google them.
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    The doctor has a look at your moles etc to see if they look suspect. Something that looks bad to you if often nothing and something that you think is fine could be something serious. It's good that you check yourself but it is important to go to a good doctor (there are doctors who specialise in skin cancer -eg the clinics (I don't know if Melbourne has them, a few of the chains have gone bust but there are some around still)- but a good GP is fine) once a year. The 'bad moles' are dark, irregularly shaped and may have changed size or shape quickly, however there are other ones which can be dangerous too. The doctor often uses a special light to look at them.

    I was 20 when my suspect mole was cut out so it's good to start early (as I said it was benign but this means I may be susceptible in future). Some doctors will take photos of moles too for reference in later years, if yours doesn't it won't hurt to take an annual photo yourself.

    Skin cancers can be treated by burning them off as Anne said, but if they are serious they will need to be cut out. If they are an advanced melanoma you may need radiation therapy too as the cancer can spread to you lymph nodes etc.

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    Very scary isn't it?
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    Yes- I remember seeing a 60 Minutes special about it once- there was a man who had lost his whole arm and the cancer was still spreading. He died before the show went to air

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinaG View Post
    Yes- I remember seeing a 60 Minutes special about it once- there was a man who had lost his whole arm and the cancer was still spreading. He died before the show went to air

    Ohh that is very very sad and also very brave!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Hey guys, my father is going into surgery today, this is his 3rd surgery in as many months, today is a bad news one he is having t have his perotid gland removed along with all the lymth nodes in his neck, this is due to neglect of not having it seen to in its early stage and a failure by the surgen to remove all the skin cancer the first time rond. It is a squamus cell carcinoma that went beserk and spread at an insane rate.

    Check yourselves periodically and get onto any as soon as you can.
    My BIL is going through this now...he might lose his ear to skin cancer and have had MANY cut out...have had radiation etc. It is devastating to watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    My BIL is going through this now...he might lose his ear to skin cancer and have had MANY cut out...have had radiation etc. It is devastating to watch
    A girl I used to go to school with, her mum died of skin cancer when she was only 4. I don't know how that works, but very sad.

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