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Squamous Cell

Unaware of the sun’s threat

When I was young sadly enough many people didn’t use sun tan lotion to protect their skin from the rays of the sun. I was always the outdoors type and spent many hours outdoors with no sun screen protection, at the beach etc. no protection whatsoever. Back then people didn’t realize the effects from the sun and sun radiation on the skin.

A changing lifestyle after the diagnosis

Last year I had to have a squamous cell removed from my left cheek, I was lucky as it was a level one and the doctor removed all the cancer cells. My first and hope my last!

I will not go outdoors without suntan lotion or wearing a hat. I see the dermatologist every six months and will for the rest of my life for a complete skin check. I am very protective of the sun since my operation to remove the squamous cell cancer on my face.

Looking back & words of advice

I remember when the nurse called me and told me I had skin cancer, it was like a punch in the stomach. I was in shock! I made the appointment with the surgeon and had the operation, thank God. The cancer was caught early and hadn’t spread.

Please if you see any suspicious spot on your skin and you know that it doesn’t look right don’t wait, get it checked as soon as possible.

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  • jlplank
    2 years ago

    Hi Angleeyes

    My mom has squamous cell and large B cell lymphoma. So I really hear what you have said and am grateful to hear from you. The other day I saw something that mentions drivers should always wear skin lotion on their left (or right as it would be in other parts of the world) arm, since they are finding more and more cancer in that arm.
    Again, thank you for your message.

  • susan.mees
    2 years ago

    Hi @jlplank – thank you for taking the time to share this with us! I wanted to make sure you’ve seen our Types & Signs page ( in case you wanted to learn more about the different types of skin cancer that your mom is dealing with. We’d also love for you to share your story as well – the experience of caregivers and loved ones is invaluable for the community as well. =) (You can share here: Keep us posted on your journey with your mom – we’ll be thinking of you!

    ( Team Member)

  • jlplank
    2 years ago

    Thank you Susan. I was so excited to see this. This is another one that shows a person is not alone. I’m grateful for that. These are very good articles. Once I feel like i know whats going on, I will share more. I live 3 hours away and they only give so much info. Thankfully my daughter is able to stay with my mom. that’s a blessing.

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