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By Alan Crowe (Fri Apr 26, 2019 at 05:51:34 PM EST) (all tags)
I was adjusting my death ray when the magnets quenched. The cryostat burst and I got splashed and burned by the escaping liquid. Boring but truth version inside.


Years ago I noticed a red blobby patch on my scalp. I decided that I would give it a year to clear up, and then I would go and see the Doctor.

It neither shrank nor grew, but after five years I got round to having it looked at, and got sent to dermatology for an expert opinion. Bowen's disease. But it sounds more dramatic to call it squamous cell carcinoma in situ. They froze it off. The treatment got the main blob, but left a couple of satellites.

Over the past three years it has gradually been coming back. I was back at dermatology again on Tuesday and the Dr had another go with the liquid nitrogen. I've got a follow up appointment for 1st August.

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My dad... by ana (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Apr 26, 2019 at 08:02:45 PM EST
to hear him tell it, would take off his shirt and his shoes the last day of school and not put them on again until school started again in the fall (except, knowing my grandmother, to go to church).

Small surprise then, given how many sunburns he got as a kid, that from age 60 or so onward, he had a twice-annual tryst with a dermatologist, who would cackle with glee because he got to use his liquid nitrogen.

He lived into his late 80s, until something else got him.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Bald instead of sunbathing by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Apr 27, 2019 at 04:21:37 AM EST
I was never one for sunbathing, but I went bald in my early twenties, so I was getting sun exposure on my head all year round.

My dermatologist looked disheveled, similar to Slavoj Žižek, but came across as entirely normal, and not the sort to cackle with glee.

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my dad as well by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 3) #3 Sun Apr 28, 2019 at 08:05:05 PM EST
Dad grew up in a tiny town in Oklahoma, at age 10 had to "pull his weight" and get a job.  Jobs ranged from paper boy, to picking cotton, to bailing hay, to building the railroad.  Dad also went full bald  by 24, and his early adult jobs consisted of building parts of the VLA (like, actual physical putting together), "working on" Arecibo (again, building parts of it), and climbing microwave towers (also: building/configuring) in the USA, Korea, and Columbia. 

Needless to say, he's covered in skin cancer.

What's "fun," back in 1994 I worked in the Laser Lab of MD Anderson Cancer Center finding the best way to laser cancer cells to death.  Good Stuff!  Fast forward many years later and while at "yappy hour" with Porschea I came across a guy who was using the work from the MDACC Laser Lab to make doctor's office/home laser therapies for skin cancers.  For the last 4-5  years, my dad has gone to the dermatologist to do said laser therapies (that I helped develop!!!!!!!!) to keep his various skin cancers under control.  They're working quite well, it's the prostate cancer that's his biggest concern now (which every male in his family has gotten).

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