|The view from my doctor's office|
I've been going to a dermatologist at least once a year, sometimes twice a year since the early nineties when I first discovered a painful scaly patch on my face when I was shaving. Turned out that my whole face was full of these little small keratosis spots. To treat it I had to undergo topical chemotherapy which meant that I had to have the top layer of my facial skin burned off. I remember that time well. The treatment was VERY PAINFUL and I ended up with a red, RED face. I looked like I had the worst sunburn, ten times over.
I was told at that time by the dermatologist that I would have to be checked the rest of my life for this pre cancerous skin condition, every six months or every year. Over the years I have had a lot of small patches of keratosis removed. All those cases were mild cases. This year is different. I have had several cases of "medium" keratosis instead of the lightest cases I had in the past. When that happens the doctor has to take out a bigger chunk of skin/meat. The doctor said "something is going on." Something ominous that I did not want to hear.
This was the information I received this morning. It was not information I was expecting. So I now have another appointment next Friday with my dermatologist to take another chunk out of me.
So what are we looking at here folks? Three things:
- High PSA count - monitoring
- Irregular heartbeat - monitoring
- Pre cancer skin condition - treating