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Post  sanderson on 6/14/2014, 1:05 pm

GWN, I don't know the name of the treatment, but I will find out next week when the Dermatologist office is open. I know it was covered by Medicare (65 and older) and is approved for once a year, so it is considered a valid treatment for precancerous areas. It is only done in the winter when sun exposure can be kept to a minimum.

Marie, That poor mom to have it on her nose.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/14/2014, 1:49 pm

+1, Sanderson!  I feel really bad for her.
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Post  sanderson on 10/28/2017, 3:25 am

Thursday I had the PDT treatment again after 3 summers of gardening.  I bought the sun protection sleeves for cleaning up the prickly melon and squash vines and bought this sun protection fishing hat at the same time.  There is a large back cape but I removed it for ease of use. It reminds me of a burka and I will tell you it is hard to walk in unfamiliar terrain.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 10/28/2017, 9:29 am

Thanks for posting the photo and bumping the thread. I've put a note to get a similar hat next time I go on an online shopping spree (I try to wait so that I buy enough at once to get free shipping.) My current hat is pretty good, but there are times I could use more protection for my face and neck. I hope it's small enough. Adult small hats are typically too big for me. But that means I get to wear fun kids hats in the winter! hiddenID rendeer jocolor geek

I always wear my wide brim hat and black long sleeve sweatshirt when I go out to work in the garden. It's hot to work in, but the fading on the sweatshirt tells me I'm doing the right thing. I have a sunblock shirt, but something about it seems to concentrate my sweat, and after a few hours it stinks like no other piece of clothing I've ever owned. I imagine the sun protection fades with washing. Do others have this problem with sun-protection shirts, or is this just a... special feature of mine?
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Post  MrBooker on 10/28/2017, 1:12 pm

I have been dealing basal cell carcinoma over 30 years. I just got back from my Dermo yesterday where he took yet another biopsy. Ive had them frozen off and had a lot of surgery. My Dermo calls me his "work in progress".  He also said because I am red headed and really handsome I am more susceptible. Just thought throw the "handsome" part in...   Very Happy

     I'm 71 yrs old and remember my mom telling me to go outside and play in the sun. They just didn't know any different back then.
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Post  yolos on 10/28/2017, 2:07 pm

I get about 6 moles on average taken off each year due to the moles looking abnormal to the dermatologist.  About 3 each year come back with abnormal cells.  Some have had to have further surgery to remove the skin farther below the mole and further around the mole.  So I am very experienced with this problem.  My experience has led me to believe some of this is due to heredity.  My whole family has the same problem.  Lots of moles and some looking abnormal enough to have removed.  In the past month, my daughter, my sister and my self have had a total of 15 moles removed due to abnormal looking moles.  Out of those removed, 4 have had to have further surgery to remove larger areas of skin and tissue.

Some of my moles that have been removed are in areas that have never been exposed to the sun so I am not sure how beneficial blocking the sun on those of us with family history of precancerous moles.  Of course I am probably wrong because all the medical dudes advise wearing all sorts of sun blocking paraphernalia.
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Post  plantoid on 10/28/2017, 2:18 pm

Is that white mesh actually over your eyes ?   If so ...if the white mesh was replaced with black mesh you'd be able to see a lot easier .
All of my beekeepers suits had black face pieces after i discovered by chance that black was easier to see through looking from the  inside to the outside as it absorbs light rather than reflect it into you line of vision .

@sanderson wrote:Thursday I had the PDT treatment again after 3 summers of gardening.  I bought the sun protection sleeves for cleaning up the prickly melon and squash vines and bought this sun protection fishing hat at the same time.  There is a large back cape but I removed it for ease of use.  It reminds me of a burka and I will tell you it is hard to walk in unfamiliar terrain.
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Post  sanderson on 10/28/2017, 3:46 pm

Plantoid, When worn properly, the eyes are above the mesh. A pair of sunglasses would complete the facial coverage. I wore it this way just to make it home after the process. Don't worry, Ken drove! Razz I purposely bought this light blue color so I wouldn't bake in the sun.

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