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    I need help, encouragement, and advice - my 4th skin cancer

    I've discussed this before here, on the Barracks forum.

    I've previously had 3 skin cancers cut off me on my driver's side = so it was easy for my doctor's at the VA to blame Sun exposure.

    In the last two weeks I've had another pop up on my right side upper lip, burns like crazy and bleeds if I touch it. I've a VA appointment to remove it about two weeks from now.

    These things just keep coming, and this one won't be the last.

    I've been soaked with Agent Orange. I've never played it forward asking for bennies.

    I need some guidance from friends, just how do I handle this?

    Stay safe please.
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    Deepseeker, I'm sorry to hear of your problems with skin cancer. If this was caused by agent Orange in Vietnam while you served your country, you need to seek help from the VA. I have a neighbor up the street that has had problems concerning this. He too served in Vietnam and was exposed to agent orange. This is not seeking frivolous freebies in any shape or form, but is something owed you from your government that you were serving in performance of your duties when exposed. This is just MHO for what it's worth. Best of luck to you and God's Speed. Prayers said.

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    What kind of skin cancer is it? It doesnt necessarily have to be from Agent Orange, I have had skin cancer cut off of me several times. Doctors told me skin cancer can pop up from sun exposure 20 or 30 years ago. All of mine have been Basel skin cancer which is the least of the skin cancers.
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    Just get in for regular check-ups. Ask your doctor, but like every three months if that's what it takes. They can freeze off the pre-cancerous spots. You need to stay ahead of it. Agent Orange I sure would ask somebody for legal assistance, especially if they can't get you quick medical help from a dermatologist.

    I didn't get exposed to that but had sun damage beyond belief. When I go in I say I don't want to be here but I'm happy to be here. I can't count how many I've had surgically removed (had eight in about 16 months about a year ago) and maybe a thousand places they froze off. And it takes all my money for insurance. Skin grafts are way expensive some days cost $10,000. Plenty of anxiety. But i'm thankful for everything. Don't let it get to you. Get meds if needed. I try to joke about it. last time I asked the nurse if she had any spots froze off. She said no. I said they ought to do like with the police dept. where they taze them so they know how it feels.
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    Deepseeker, you served your country and put your life on the line, it is time for your country to help you and get to the VA for help. That is what the VA is for and you should take advantage of anything offered. Let them get you to the help you need and take some that stress off! I did not serve but I have family and friends that have and they would encourage you go. I stay covered up for fear of the sun but the other exposure, take any help offered or available!

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    I don't know anything about your situation, but you should make sure they are doing Mohs surgery or get somebody who can. Mohs surgery they take a small amount and check to see if they got it all. If not, they know which area to take a bit more.
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    Deep, I've had 3 major Mohs surgeries on my face for skin cancers since 2011, all through the VA system. The first and largest was a Melanoma in the center of my forehead that wound up to be larger than a silver dollar. In fact it took a second day of surgery, plastic surgery, to close my forehead up because it was so big and that surgery lasted 4 to 5 hours. One other was a Melanoma and one was basil cell. Both of those were on the left side of my face and were about one and a half inches by an inch. As a result and after the first Mohs cancer surgery, I am automatically set up with check up appointments every six months with the VA Dermatology Dept. About six months ago, because a number of other places on both sides of my face were found I was given a tube of cream to use on all places on my face that appeared to be pre cancerous locations. It was nasty to use and after a week and a half, all the places where I was applying it started to become very red and irritated and by the third week all those places really looked nasty and ugly. You wouldn't want to be seen out looking like that kind of nasty. Anywho, that cream for all its nasty really worked and everyone of those places were completely clear of precancerous cells 8 weeks later. I guess what I'm trying to say brother is that you are not the only one with this problem. Now remember that our generation layed out on the beach as young teenagers, with only baby oil and iodine on our bodies to supposedly protect us from sun damage while we laid on the beach baking in the sun to get as brown as we could. Personally, I'm very fair skinned and burned badly easily. Hell brother, I get a sun burned face just out and about doing routine things. What I'm trying to say here is that I know my skin cancers are and were from years of just life, mostly outside of my 4 years in the Air Force. HOWEVER, if you believe your skin cancers are solely and mainly from your exposure to Agent Orange in Nam then go for it brother and present your claim and push it with the VA. Remember, the rule now is IF YOU SET FOOT IN COUNTRY, YOU HAVE A CLAIM FOR AO EXPOSURE. Go for it Deep and Good Luck Bro!!

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    Sounds like you need to check with your DAV rep for guidance. I found, after taking 2 1/2 years for my claim to be recognized, that you have to challenge and fight (in a nice way) almost every step of the way but it is worth the fight. If your present DAV rep isn't doing the job then look for one that will.. Mine told me that they would deny, deny, deny but he kept at it and as a result I got a DAV back pay check to the day I filed my first claim. Hang in there and Semper Fi

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    Sorry you’re having this problem Deep. I’ve had several mohs skin surgeries on the top of my head and ears. I seem to be doing well after going after it several times. Now I minimize my sun exposure the best I can.
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    Dont trust the VA docs. Some are good most are not. If your VA doc is not a Vet you shouldn't trust him/her to give you the best treatment vs the least expensive treatment. Look into the "choice" program and go see a cancer specialist. At least that been my experience. Good luck brother

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    Thanks for all the input guys!

    The first 3 were diagnosed (I was told at the time of the surgeries) as basel cells. This appears as the same type as they were when they began.

    I'm a red head, so I've never been big into sun exposure.

    One thing I've gleaned from the responses (my take on it) is that these would not qualify for a VA Agent Orange claim. I'm okay with that, but I did wonder if I should file. I'll know more after the surgery as I'll question the surgeon directly.
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    Blonds and redheads are more susceptible to basal cell carcinomas than darker skinned folks. It's just how it is. Exposure to the sun is the most likely cause and the only thing you can do to prevent more, is to always wear long sleeves and long pants and a hat.

    The good news is, 20 years from now, you'll still be around to righteously tell about any new ones. Worst thing is to ignore them.
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    My father-in law has had several skin cancers cut off over the course of 5 years or so, 2 of them Melanoma, including one in the top of his head, and most of his right ear lobe, as well as uncounted precancerous areas frozen off. He also was prescribed a nasty cream that led to all of the symptoms that were mentioned in a previous post. Although a twenty year marine, he was never exposed to Agent Orange, although, as can be expected, he spent a lot of time outside. He has not had to have even one area frozen in the last 36 months, so there is hope for you as well. Just keep on doing as the doctors suggest, and have faith.

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    Dave, I hate to hear this, but I'm sure you'll beat this too. My G'pa had 40+ spots taken off that had the tentacles and I've had one done...it's not fun, but I can tell by your posts and your service you are a tough one!

    I agree with the suggestions to go to a specialist on this. The VA in KC has gotten so much better than it was..I just feel better dealing with Drs that are specialized in the area I need.

    You Are In My Prayers For A Speedy Recovery My Friend!

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