6 years ago when I turned 40, I started doing all my yearly check-ups (preventative maintenance). That included a yearly skin check at the dermatologist.
Last year at the dermatologist, she cut out a small suspicious area on my nose & sent it in to the lab, it came back negative. A couple of months ago during my check-up, she removed a small (1/8Ē) mole on my upper back that looked funny, She sent it in & it came back positive for Basil Cell Carcinoma. Thatís the least dangerous type of skin cancer. She cut out a ĺĒ diameter x ĺí deep chunk of flesh, & 30 stitches later, itís all good. 100% gone.
I happened to mention this to a couple of guys at work, who told a couple of guys, etcÖ Anyhow, 4 co-workers went in to their Derms for a check-up in the past month. One of them had a Basil Cell Carcinoma & one had a Basil Cell Melanoma growth. The Melanoma one tends to be more serious. He goes in for a removal procedure next week, hopefully he won't need chemo. Skin cancer is all across the board from not serious/slow spreading to serious/aggressive.
Iím a low key type of guy & pretty much keep to myself . The reason why Iím posting this, is hopefully to get the word out for EVERYONE to get the regular check-ups for their respective age. Early detection is the key.
I know sometimes as guys, we donít want to go to the Dr, donít need to go to the Dr., blah blah blah. You are not only getting checked out for yourself, your doing it for your friends & family.