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9 Facial Surgeries Since 2006

When I was young we didn’t know about the effect the sun had on skin. I worked in the orchards from the time I was twelve till almost eighteen and received many burns. I had squamous cell removed from my nose and 8 basal cell on my face. One required grafting and all were pretty deep. I have a sore on the bridge of my nose that I wouldn’t let him biopsy when I had the last three surgeries but will do so this next visit, I’ve had a couple of small basal cell on my arms. Honestly I dread seeing the doctor every 6 months. I keep suntan lotion on all the time but he said the damage was done when young. I’m grateful that I haven’t had melanoma and keep reminding my family and friends to protect themselves. I joked with my doctor that I think I’m now getting cancer on the grafts.

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  • April Pulliam moderator
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry you have had to deal with all of that! You are right. Years ago, when we were causing our damage, we just weren’t told about the dangers of the sun. I am like you. I haven’t tanned or gone without sunscreen in over ten years, but I continue to have spots pop up. It’s extremely frustrating. Keep being vigilant and spreading the word!

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