Or your kids....
Short story - Make sure you are applying your sunscreen!!! And make regular appointments w/ a dermatologist to be checked over.
Long story - read on.
So this is one of those, I thought it only happened to other people stories.. or rather, maybe when I was in my 70s.
Age 46. Fair skinned Irish SOB - diagnosis positive.
While at my regularly scheduled twice yearly dermatologist appt to have him do a once over, and customary spraying my balding head with liquid nitrogen for those little dry patches, he came across a discolloration about 1/2 the size of dime on the side tip of my nose (see pic). This was slightly under the skin. Took a biopsy that day, called me a few days later with results. Yup it was this lentigo thing...
So I thought ok, just cut it off during an office visit like had been done for some of the abnormaly shaped moles on my shoulders or back over the past few years. No biggie...
Wrong! He sent me to a plastic surgeon for consult, and as well as next wednesday off to ear nose throat dr.
Bottom line, within the next 2 weeks or so after the remaining consultations, they will likely be cutting off nearly 1/2 my nose to account for a margin of error and then rebuilding the nose by taking facial tissue along the laugh line and reconstructing the nose/nostril. Expect to be out of work for over a week with major facial scarring that may fade with time.
Thought I'd share this because I'm certain this is carry over from the days as a kid at without sunscreen. I remember peeling skin off my nose when I was a kid, like it was elmers glue dried on your fingers...
As I said before, I get checked regularly, and this just popped up, so the growth rate is pretty quick.
If you're like me, and middle aged, pass the lesson learned down to your kids...
Here's an article...plenty of others out there also.
Possibly some during & after pictures to come.
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