My husband had a squamous cell carcinoma removed yesterday. He’s got olive skin and never burns so has never thought he needed to use sunscreen. My experience with melanoma didn’t convince him he needed to protect his own skin because I am very fair and he isn’t.
He saw the dermatologist several months ago to have a few things frozen off. When they grew back, I hounded him until he went back for a biopsy.
He was shocked to learn they were squamous cell carcinoma. I wasn’t. I have learned to take these things very seriously. Squamous cell carcinoma can be as deadly as melanoma.
His dermatologist scheduled him for Mohs surgery. I implored my husband to have a Mohs trained plastic surgeon do the procedure because it’s on his face. I used a plastic surgeon to remove the skin cancer from the back of my leg and I’m very glad I did. My scar is over 2″ long and virtually invisible.
My husband thought this dermatologist would do a “fine” job. I hope he’s right. He came home with a huge bandage covering 40 stitches on his upper lip.
I can’t say this will remind him to wear sunscreen, but I assure you it will inspire me to double my efforts to protect myself from sun damage. I’ve shared my arsenal of sunscreen with you many times, but the important thing is to take sun protection seriously.
I walk on the shady side of the street, wear sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, and hats. My convertible roof only comes down in the evening.
Please, protect your skin and be aware of any scaly skin patches that recur and won’t go away.
Have a great day and wear your sunscreen!