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Rebelheart



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: squamous Reply with quote

I have a history of squamous skin cancer, about 7 instances over the last
5 years, mostly on my face and chest. Additionally, I have had numerous AK's, which have been removed by my Dr. History includes a long series of X-ray treatments and UV treatments back in the 60's for severe acne.
Squamous skin cancer runs in my family, ( mother and brother). I am now 58 years old.

1) My Dr. told me to start coming back every year, instead of 6 months.
I was wondering if this is sufficient or if a more regular check on any
removed AKs would not be in order.

2) Dr. was reluctant to do a full skin check, mostly asking me if I "had
any places". In most cases, she did not ask me to remove either my
shoes or pants. She has never examined my buttock or genitals.
I don't want to appear like an exhibitionist, but would not a full skin
check be in order. Would it be better to select a male Dr.?

3) I read on a reasonable reliable web-site that squamous skin cancer is
95% curable if found early. I am a little reluctant to play with this
figure, but does this mean 1/20 will not be cured? If so, does it mean
that if I have 20 squamous skin cancers over the next several years
that I will have a 50/50 of one of them being terminal?

I don't mean to read more into all this data than is justified, but I would
prefer that my Dr. assume a more aggressive stance regarding this particular subject.

Do you believe I am justified in my beliefs?

Thanks
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drtodorov
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squamous cell cancer is outside my area of expertise and I am not a clinician anyway. However, it is a serious issue, you should definitely go and get a second opinion or even a third one. Considering your family history, insisting on a full body exam does not seem unreasonable.
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