...but what you don't want is melanoma. even then, caught early, melanoma is curable as well....
Back in '91 I mentioned a mole on my ear to my GP, who cut it off then sent it to the lab. Results came back - negative. About six months later I mentioned it'd grown back to the GP. AGAIN he removed it, said EVEN THO' THE FIRST WAS NEGATIVE - he would send it to the lab, but "Don't worry....".
A few days later I arrived home around midnight from a flight, my answering-machine's message light blinking, so pushed the button to hear..."Ed, this is Greg **** - phone me as SOON AS YOU GET HOME, NO MATTER WHAT TIME IT IS!"
I almost 'crapped' myself, but phoned anyway to be told to meet him at "Emergency" early the next morning, and that it was melanoma. I went to bed (don't remember IF I slept, figuring this was a death-sentence!), got up early and went to "emerg". (IF I remember correctly - he said that the WORST melanoma was a 'level 5', and that MINE was a 'level 4' that was touching the next epidermal layer [which WOULD have been a 'level 5'] that SOMEHOW the lab had missed the first time, but on re-checking it WAS there - must've been lunch-time....), so he cut MORE off the ear, and I started seeing the TOP doctor at the Calgary "Tom Baker Cancer Centre" for at least 5 years of checks.
During that time he removed a very rare cancer, as well as basil and squamous "Cs" from me, but I'm STILL here, tho' I see a "skin doctor" every 6 months.
AND I've ridden MORE than 220,000 MILES since then.
THIS post was #15,550 - I HOPE I've got another 15,550 posts [or more] left in me...!