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foamy1946

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Literally grew up on the beach in the 50s and 60s, surfed for about 50 years, beach VB, etc.  Many years ago a very well respected dermatologist I was using told me..." all the years in the sun have done their damage already, if you lived in a cave the rest of your life, you will still develop skin cancers".  I had a few mild ones, stay covered up skiing and sailing, but go the doc twice a year.

 

jerseyguy

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Literally grew up on the beach in the 50s and 60s, surfed for about 50 years, beach VB, etc.  Many years ago a very well respected dermatologist I was using told me..." all the years in the sun have done their damage already, if you lived in a cave the rest of your life, you will still develop skin cancers".  I had a few mild ones, stay covered up skiing and sailing, but go the doc twice a year.
Same time frame but on the east coast.  Swam, fished, sailed, hung out on the beach. Sure enough, malignant melanoma. Caught it early. Oncologist and dermatologist became my best friends. That was almost 20 years ago. In the interim beat back prostate cancer.  None of us are getting out of this alive but I intend to go kicking and screaming.

 

Bump-n-Grind

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I am stunned I haven't had the same skin problems. just turned 65 last week. had my first full body head to toe skin cancer screening a year ago. kept puttin it off cuz I was afraid of what they'd find. nada, zip, nuthin... wheeeewwww. I guess I started using sunscreen in the nick of time. 

 

jerseyguy

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I am stunned I haven't had the same skin problems. just turned 65 last week. had my first full body head to toe skin cancer screening a year ago. kept puttin it off cuz I was afraid of what they'd find. nada, zip, nuthin... wheeeewwww. I guess I started using sunscreen in the nick of time. 
Not just sunscreen. Genetics as well. If you are of fair skin, blond or have red hair then your odds of skin cancer are higher. 

 

Mrleft8

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DAMN!I wish they'd get some of those 15 minute MRI machines here in Cow country!

Good luck PB...... And thank god no fucking golden orb spiders found their way into the MRI tube! ;)

 

Sean

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Had my sigmoidoscopy today, but I missed it. General anesthesia for the duration. 
Looks like I have some surgery in my future.

 

badlatitude

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Today in The New York Times, promising news for cancer patients.


A Cancer Trial's Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient


It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, every one of whom took the same drug. 

But the results were astonishing. The cancer vanished in every single patient, undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, PET scans or M.R.I. scans. 

Dr. Luis A. Diaz Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an author of a paper published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the results, which were sponsored by the drug company GlaxoSmithKline, said he knew of no other study in which a treatment completely obliterated a cancer in every patient. 

“I believe this is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer,” Dr. Diaz said. 

Dr. Alan P. Venook, a colorectal cancer specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved with the study, said he also thought this was a first. 

A complete remission in every single patient is “unheard-of,” he said. 

No paywall 
https://archive.ph/F4sEo 
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/health/rectal-cancer-checkpoint-inhibitor.html 

 

Mrleft8

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Today in The New York Times, promising news for cancer patients.


A Cancer Trial's Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient


It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, every one of whom took the same drug. 

But the results were astonishing. The cancer vanished in every single patient, undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, PET scans or M.R.I. scans. 

Dr. Luis A. Diaz Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an author of a paper published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the results, which were sponsored by the drug company GlaxoSmithKline, said he knew of no other study in which a treatment completely obliterated a cancer in every patient. 

“I believe this is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer,” Dr. Diaz said. 

Dr. Alan P. Venook, a colorectal cancer specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved with the study, said he also thought this was a first. 

A complete remission in every single patient is “unheard-of,” he said. 

No paywall 
https://archive.ph/F4sEo 
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/health/rectal-cancer-checkpoint-inhibitor.html 
That was one of the most uplifting articles I've read in the NYT in a while.

That paper has really good articles on lots of topics, but lately I've found an awful lot of them, while well written and researched, are depressing.

 This one was not!

 

badlatitude

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That was one of the most uplifting articles I've read in the NYT in a while.

That paper has really good articles on lots of topics, but lately I've found an awful lot of them, while well written and researched, are depressing.

 This one was not!
It is (possibly) fantastic news. I am sorry that so many people will not get it in time.

 

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