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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2014 at 8:31am

Thanks Daniel.  Over the years, I've had a total of about 7 Basil and Squamous Cell Carcinomas removed from my hands and face, but have never had any scary Melanomas.

I think you have a good hair cutting plan.  I would do the same, but I'm sure it would itch too much.  

At age 25, I guess my beard would have stopped itching after a while, but as the years go on, hair has bothered me more and more.  

At age 50 or earlier, hair rubbing on my forehead and ears started bothering me.  Felt like torture after a few hours.  A few years later, hair in my ears and nose started causing itching, then my eyebrow hair.  When my ear hair or eyebrow hair grows to 1/16 of an inch, it starts, so I shave my brows once or twice a day, and pull ear hair out about twice a week.  

About 4 times per year, I shave my nose hairs.  I put-up with itching for that long, because my nose runs a lot, and with no hair to hold the liquid, I have to blow my nose unacceptably often.

My skin has always been dry and itchy, but hair anywhere on my head aggravates it.  Not anywhere else on my body, just my head, so I shave my head once or twice a day.

I asked my new dermatologist if there was some way I could get rid of my hair permanently, or a lease lengthen the time between shaves.  He said not with light hair.  Before he came in, his nurse said a laser wouldn't work on light hair, waxing would.  I may try a little waxing some day to see how it works, but I understand it's very painful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 11:45pm

I like your hair and beard cutting style. Makes good sense. Thanks for the information about Melanomas, squamous and basal cells.

Comment by Daniel W on December 2, 2014 at 7:12pm
The itching stops after a while. The last time
I shaved was when I went under anesthesia. I thought it was more aseptic for surgery. I view not shaving as more efficient snd environmentaly friendly. Same with haircuts - One set of clippers lasts a decade or more. Using a 1/4 or 1/8 inch guard, I go over face and head once weekly. No trips to barber. It also saves my energy, which is so bad now I dont feel like shaving in the am anyway. And saves money.

Spud the good thing about most skin cancers is once they are gone, they are gone. Melanomas are bad news, but sq cell and basal cell are much less concerning. If they take them off, then they are gone.

Anyway Spud, very glad it's all taken care of.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 5:03pm

Thanks Joan.  I tried to grow a beard once when I was 25 or so, but gave it up quickly.  It was spotty, but more importantly, it took too much time to keep neat.  More importantly than that, it was itchy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Spud, good news to learn you had the Squamous Cell Carcinoma and those 35 itchy spots and dark growths removed. Have you ever been tempted to grow a beard?

Watching all the permaculture videos, many of the men grow beards. I am becoming quite accustomed to them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 4:59pm

Thanks CLAWS.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 3:38pm

Thanks Terence.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 2, 2014 at 3:36pm

That sounds like good news, Spud.

We are always rooting for you. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 3:16pm

Thanks Patricia.  I expect it will.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2014 at 10:55am

My new dermatologist removed a Squamous Cell Carcinoma from my ear yesterday, and everything is looking good.

A couple of weeks ago, he removed about 35 itchy spots and dark growths.  That's going to make shaving and hat wearing a lot less irritating.


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