As someone who has faced and continues to face the gut wrenching life assessing battle that is melanoma myself, I know what Jarryd must be feeling right now.... He'd trade a premiership for a clean bill of health..... I wish him all the best..... I also wish all the anonymous folk out there all the best when facing this human rust...... I'm actually undergoing an aldara treatment as we speak for another batch of basal cell fuckers on my forehead, hence the light posting......
Watch that skin, people ...... Don't end up like me or Jarryd.......
Onwards and upwards, Doggo. Maybe cultivate a bit of hair covering a la Sam the cartoon sheepdog?
Definitely the unspoken scourge of the surfing world.
Despite this, never really hear much about it in the surf media.
J Roughead or Sheepio?
J Roughead or Sheepio?
Ha! The Wooly one of course.
For his love of the ellipsis...
But on a serious note, the melanoma is my worst fear. I had a basal cell cut out not long ago, which put the heebie jeebies up me.
Does my head in when I see 14 year olds with deep water tans paddling around.
If you are at risk for skin cancer, take the following precautions whenever possible
Avoid intense sun exposure by staying out of it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Outside, wear a hat with a brim, long sleeves, trousers, and sunglasses that block UV radiation.
Use UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Or use Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment UV Protectant.
Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher whenever you are outside.
Report suspicious skin lesions to a doctor at once, especially if you have abnormal-looking moles or a family history of melanoma.
Have a yearly mole check.
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Nick, I'm just a stump now.... The black knight from monty python.... Had em all, including melanoma..... SCC..... They're nasty fuckers too..... A wonderful girlfriend of mine is currently in the battle of her life.... Had a freckle on her lower lip for ages.... Started to become a little annoying, was picking at it.... Got a biopsy - developed into an scc (squamous cell carcinoma).... Lip flap reconstruction..... That was 2 years ago...... 4 weeks ago, her left neck gland was sore and swollen.... Wouldn't settle..... Went to docs in coolum.... Did a needle biopsy....... SCC tumor...... It must've metastisized from her lip.... She's in deep shit.....
I'm going in next week for 2 more bcc's on my arm.... Lost count now.... Over 20 cut out, 2 aldara treatments - one on my lip which was pure hell, 40 or 50 frozen..... 2 scc's, a pre cancerous mole, and a level 2 melanoma....
Cooked, man....... I'm cooked.....
So don't fuck around folks...... Getting cut open every 3 months has fucked my fitness... You're just coming good from time out of the water, and wham.... another 3 weeks out..
And when you are 50, each time it's harder to get back the mojo.
Shit that's full on about your friend Sheepy. And you as well
Yes, I too would encourage Swellnet to put the spotlight on the health and in particular the skin impact of massive exposure to the sun through surfing.
Personally, I've had over 200 bcc's and scc's as well as recently my first melanoma. I have to see the skin doc every 6 months for a chop-a-thon.
The fact is that irrepairable damage was done to my skin in my youth surfing. I'm 55 now, and been paying for it for the last 15 years, and will no doubt continue to do so for the rest of my life. These days, I rarely surf because my skin just can't take the sun anymore - it doesn't need any more radiation to flare up the hidden little bastards just waiting for their turn to try to take me down.
The other point I'd like to make is to check out your gene pool in relation to cancers in general. If there is a bit of a family history on either side, then in my opinion, you are a sitting duck for skin problems from the sun. At a minimum, all surfers need to be getting their skin checked not by a GP, but a skin specialist every 12 months, no matter how old they are.
Don't live in ignorance and think it won't happen to me. These days, with the comprehensive knowledge we now have on being healthy and choosing healthy lifestyles, there are really no excuses to either intentionally or unintentionally damage your short or long term health. (and that includes everything that common sense tells you is a dumb idea eg smoking, drugs, crap diet etc)
Because of the above, I'm a bit hyperactive on caring for all aspects of my health these days - my dear younger brother who was my surfing buddy for 20 years has already passed away a few years ago from cancer.