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: Skin Cancer

11-05-2001, 07:44 AM
Just an FYI.


11-05-2001, 05:29 PM
I'm pretty religious about sunblock but judging by the amount of sunburn I rack up on the flats, I could use a little more caution. Thanks Roop!

11-06-2001, 07:32 PM
You young guys watch out for skin cancer. Just before the Rhody Clave I had some taken off my arm, ten stitches. Next Wednesday I have got to spend the day in a Doctors office as he tries to remove all the cancer on my right temple. I guess they cut, analize it, then cut somemore, until they get all good tissue, then a skin graft. It doesn't sound very pleasant. In my day there wasn't much known about sun blockers. GUYS PLEASE USE IT!!

11-06-2001, 10:11 PM
Art -

Sorry to hear about that, we need our statesman to be in the best of health. In fact, I noticed that you ARE in better health than most of us already!

Our best and speedy recovery.


11-07-2001, 04:32 AM
Art, I know you're probably recovered but I wish you the best.

I had some friends recently have some serious scalpings done as a result of skin cancer.

I posted this due to my own scare - I'm lucky and intend to remain that way.

All the more reason to be a well dressed fly fisherperson!


11-07-2001, 08:05 AM

I hope things go well for you on Wednesday. I'll be sending out good thoughts for you.

Perhaps this is just one more good reason to fish at night, something I have done very little of and have not had great success at so far.

11-07-2001, 08:18 AM
Art -

Sorry I didn't catch up with this until this a.m., while you're being treated. Good luck and support to you, as we DO need our Ambassador in good health and ready to lead his minions into the learned world of experience. My best to you. Dave.

11-07-2001, 05:33 PM
Unfortunately skin cancer is changing from an unusual event to a virtual epidemic. But fortunately, the most common types are not life threatening.

On one of the two occasions on which I had basal cell carcinoma on my forehead I posted a "limited time opportunity" notice at work for my co-workers to come over and take a look at it before I had it removed. It is VERY IMPORTANT to learn what this stuff looks like so that you can have it removed in a timely fashion. PREVENTION is obviously most important but I was never able to figure out what the likely gap is between exposure and the cancer, it seems that maybe the most important thing is to ensure that our children are suitably protected. [Note the measures being taken in AUstralia to protect schoolchildren, they are not in denial about this issue!]

Some general practitioners will remove the more benign forms of skin cancer in a second visit (needed to reserve use of a small lab type area). The operation is painless and you can go back to work, but after a while the stitches will get uncomfortable for a while. [If you care, scarring is almost non-existant for the typical small lump removal, although the response was silence when I asked my doctor after he had removed one growth if I was handsome now.]

Check you the pictures on the web or at the library.

Great that you guys are giving this issue visibility. It should make many people better able to cope and might be a lifesaver for the few that develop aggressive forms of skin cancer.

11-12-2001, 06:23 AM
Art, Good luck to you.
I have a close friend who, just weeks ago, had a spot removed. Just like me, he has been out in the sun a ton, with no protection. Cancer was discovered, removed, and now treatment will last the rest of his life. Every three months he goes to the Lahey Clinic for check-ups, this will go on for five years(if no more is found), and then yearly from then on. Please take this seriously, It don't sound like fun. Oh, and when you are fishing with me, PLEASE, remind me to put on the sunblock. Thanks

11-12-2001, 08:39 PM
Art, Take Care & make sure you get back on track soon.
Roop, Thank's for the post. It's a subject we all need TO REMIND ONE ANOTHER about, EVERY TIME WE GO OUT. Fishing, Hunting, Skiing, Boating etc. Anywhere in the sun, sunblock at 30+ should be the rule.

11-14-2001, 08:26 PM
I just want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts. I went through the cancer removal process today!
My advice is USE SUN BLOCKER FAITHFULLY!! Dress like the Afghanistan Women when you go out in the sun.

After laying on an operating table for about 21/2 hours, and 2 more in a doctors office, what I went through was not very pleasant. I should change my handle from ArtB to scarface. The doc said I had a very agressive cancer that sent out roots on the right side of my face. I now have about 330 stiches from in my hairline down to below my ear. Told to go to bed for 2 days with a 10 minute icepack every hour. I shouldn't be on the computer, except I wanted you guys to know what I am going through right now. I can only hope that what I am telling you will make you use SUN BLOCKER, or a full face covering, because I care. I hope I can get my wife to take a picture when the bandage is removed in a cople of days, and if I do I will send it to Juro see if he wants to add it to this topic. Some might be lucky, and not have a big problem, but others may not. Regards to all, Tight Lines, Artb

11-14-2001, 08:28 PM
Make that only 30 stiches, not 330, don't see very well right now. ArtB

11-14-2001, 08:32 PM
What an ordeal! Thanks for the lesson Art. Please get well soon! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

11-15-2001, 08:48 AM
Art, as always your wisdom is a lesson to us but I wish it were not coming at such cost! Please take it easy, friend and get well soon. I fill a lot of Rip Ryder punch cards standing out on frying pan flats in mid-day mid-summer sun, and get more than my money's worth out of my oversand permits. Between May and October that's a lot of UV. I am taking your point seriously. Others spend countless hours out on open cockpit boats. I hope they are too.

Thanks for caring to teach us this important point despite your condition! Good thing the fishing's off right now or that Huck Finn in you would be on the water I'm sure ;-)

Tod D
11-15-2001, 10:32 AM
Best wishes for a speedy & full recovery. And thanks for the timely and pointed reminder re sunblock.

As a fair haired (what's left anyway), blue eyed boy I'm well acquainted with high spf's.

11-15-2001, 03:25 PM
Hey Art -

All of us here at Rhody Fly Rodders wish you a speedy and full recovery. No finer person in my book. There's not too many anglers left that you haven't touched in some way. You're in our thoughts. We will heed your warnings about UV rays and the damage they can cause. Let us not forget. For now on, I'm fishing nights ;)

11-15-2001, 04:25 PM
Art best of luck.

I've been there twice already. Had basal cell first time and squamous cell second time around. First guy was a butcher burning it off. Second guy used the knife and did a much neater job.

Unfortuately more has shown up on my face which I've been dragging my butt on getting removed.