Join Date: Apr 2008
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Re: Sailing & Cancer
Years ago I had a melanoma removed from back. It was found at somewhat advanced stage and the excision was about the size and depth of the palm of my hand. The surgeon estimated my chance of surviving two years was about 30%.
Following the surgery, my dear wife, who was very upset by the prospect of premature widowhood, insisted accompanying me to the dermatologist for the full body screening. When she demanded that I get full body photos to document my baseline condition, the dermatologist responded to her, "You found the first one. You know what they look like. You'll find the next one if there's a recurrence. But you should know that they are likely to occur between the toes and around the anus." My wife responded, "Well, I'll help him with his toes."
I've kept on sailing but reduced the number of regatta and cut out fishing and skiing. When I have the option I opt for night watches on distance races or overnight passages.