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 Post subject: melanoma
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:20 pm 

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A renewed reminder to cover up in hot weather , especially in the warmer parts of France.
I had a mole on my forearm which grew slightly bigger and started to itch so mentioned it to my doctor. He cut it out and sent it off for analysis. It was a melanoma, and I went to the specialist in the Toulouse cancer hospital today to have a larger chunk removed.
Thankfully it was small and localised, so I don't need any more treatment. The doctor and nurse were very kind and spoke english.
But seeing so many other people there with who knows what problems confirmed for me the importance of supporting cancer research.

 Post subject: Re: melanoma
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:51 am 
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Location: The Republic of Limousin
Thank heavens you had it removed early. Good luck with the healing!

I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
(Tracy de Scartes)

 Post subject: Re: melanoma
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:27 am 

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Location: Mezin, Lot et Garonne
Delighted that all is well now Patf, a scary pointer to avoid sunlight unprotected.
I have problems with daylight, let alone hot sunshine and find it really difficult to cover up safely. I have always hated wearing hats and , while I wouldn't call my wardrobe "style", I don't wear skirts or dresses much (weddings and funerals :) )
Long sleeves and full length trousers are hardly fun in the hot weather :(

I've been prescribed factor 50 sun block but it looks like a chalky white emulsion on my skin so I have spent a (relative) fortune trialing other brands to find one that works and doesn't show .. My dermatologist also cheered me up by explaining that skin is damaged through glass and clothing so being indoors or inside a car doesn't give complete protection and fine (cool) cotton and linen shirts may only "filter" 6% of the harmful rays.

I know this will sound trivial but , for me, it is soul-destroying to be dragged down by the constant need to be careful with my skin. I loved being outdoors and love to feel the warm sun, I've never been a sunbather but quite liked a little tan and with the need to cover up I can't even wear clothes that suit me. Whinge over.

Be safe in the sun!

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