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Went to see my friendly surgeon today. Photo of his handy work is below.
Story goes like this -- in January my barber, bless her heart, said, "Hey, you've got a spot on your head you should have a doctor look at." A month later I saw my dermatologist. The biopsy she took indicated a "melanoma in situ". Fortunately, it's very treatable -- when you catch them this early all you do is have them cut out. All done!
Now my kids have been nagging me for years about sunscreen, but after a few months in the Caribbean sun in '05-'06 I was as brown as a native and didn't worry about sunscreen most days. BUT I did wear my hat!!!!
And as you can see below, it was not the right kind of hat.
So all you SailNetters out there, I know I may sound like a nag, but this summer when your in the sun and on the water, don't forget:
1. SUNSCREEN (higher number the better)
2. COVER UP (long sleeves / pants)
3. BROAD BILLED HAT (no holes)
I'm a lucky guy. My barber and my doctor caught it early. Don't let it happen to you! (and especially, don't let it happen to your kids, which the doctor says is usually when the initial skin damage is done).