To all my friends who love sunshine as much as me.. PLEASE READ
I was recently diagnosed with a basil carcinoma near me eye. This is a form of skin cancer caused by the sun. I was somewhat surprised as I have always been pretty diligent on applying my sunscreen and wearing sunglasses. I have also been pretty routine at visiting the dermatologist once a year.
What I found out from my dermatologist who fortunately caught it before it became really serious is this: Some of the most common areas they see are by the eyes, eye lids, near your nostrils and lips. I know from my personal experience as a beach volleyball player, I would wipe my eyes to remove the sweat causing me to wipe off my sunscreen. I wanted to share my story with my fellow friends to help prevent skin cancer in the future. Please make sure to apply, reapply and wear protective sun gear. Make sure to use a quality sunscreen with non toxic chemicals. I have been using mineral sun care line Suntegirty Skincare for the last year. The price is more of what you would find in a drugstore but I have been happy with the sunscreen. For all those young players please start training yourself to wear a hat, sunglasses and SPF protective apparel when training. To beach coaches please build sunscreen time in your practice schedule. Lets try to get the kids in a routine of applying sunscreen before they start warming up. I recently found an clothing company that has sun protection shirts that are breathable too, perfect for playing and training. Kastel Denmark
I would also like to thank my amazing partners who have supported me over the years. This has been a small setback but I am looking forward to getting back on the sand soon! If anyones has questions on the sunscreen that I use or on the Kastel protection shirts please feel free to contact me. Spikekeyk13@gmail.com.
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Read below to learn more about how to prevent skin cancer.
What does basal cell carcinoma look like?
At first, a basal cell carcinoma comes up like a small "pearly" bump that looks like a flesh-colored mole or a pimple that doesn't go away. Sometimes these growths can look dark. Or you may also see shiny pink or red patches that are slightly scaly. Another symptom to watch out for is a waxy, hard skin growth.
Personal Note: Mine looked like a flesh colored pimple near the corner of my eye and right side of my nose.
How do you get Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Anyone with a history of sun exposure can develop BCC. However, people who are at highest risk have fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue, green, or grey eyes. The tendency to develop BCC may also be inherited.
Personal Note: Growing up in Florida on the beach and spending the last 10 years on the beach put me at a higher risk. I was the youngest by far in the waiting room so please don't let this be you.
Where would you typically find a BCC on your body?
Basal cell cancers usually develop on areas exposed to the sun, especially the face, head, and neck, but they can occur anywhere on the body.
Personal Note: Go to the dermatologist at least once year. I would have probably not have caught mine myself.
How do you remove basal cell carcinoma?
1. Curettage and electrodesiccation: This is a common treatment for small basal cell carcinomas.
2. Excision: Excision (cutting the tumor out) is often used to remove basal cell carcinomas, along with a margin of normal skin.
3. Mohs surgery: Mohs surgery has the best cure rate for basal cell carcinoma.
Personal Note: I had the Mohs procedure done a Milam Bogart Dermatology. First, the surgeon removed a very thin layer of the skin (including the tumor) and then checked the removed sample under a microscope. In my case she only had to remove one layer. It looked like a small hole the size of a pea. Then I went to Karen Chapman an Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for the enclosure.
How common is Basal Cell Carcinoma
More than 4 million cases of basal cell carcinoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. In fact, BCC is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. More than one out of every three new cancers is a skin cancer, and the vast majority are BCCs.
How treatable is skin cancer?
It is readily detectable and usually curable if treated early, but it progresses faster than other types of skin cancer and can spread beyond the skin to affect numerous parts of the body, including the bones or brain. Once this occurs, melanoma becomes very difficult to treat and is incurable.