Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weight Management - It's More Than Just Losing Pounds

The C word can be kind of scary - cancer that is. 

In September I had a strange growth pop up on my face.    Naturally it showed up only a couple of weeks AFTER my annual skin exam.  I thought it was a wart - on my face - the worst possible place - how embarassing.  So rather than being a normal guy and ignoring it, I went back to the Dermatologist to have it removed.  Only it wasn't a wart, it was a squamous cell

At the time, I didn't know much about it and the Doctor didn't shed any additional light on the situation, other than the "speciman" was going to the lab.  Nothing new there, I have had quite a few skin "things" removed and sent to the lab and of course the results were always negative (a good thing).

But this time was different.  Two weeks later I got a phone call saying the results were positive (a bad thing) and I was being referred to a MOHS (skin) Surgeon for further treatment.  Very little details, but obviously that little facial thing was turning out to be a big deal.  Though no one used the "C" word or the "M" word (malignant) I knew the truth of the matter.

Squamous cells are the second most common form of skin cancer, right behind basil cells. However, the danger with squamous cells is that they have a tendency to spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.


Long story short, the MOHS Surgeon was able to easily remove all of the cancer cells while only leaving behind a huge hole in my face.  Okay, it was pretty small, but seemed huge to me. 

When it was all done and over (well the hole is still healing) two things stood out in my mind: 1) We caught it early  and 2) They commented that my excellent physical condition was a bonus in dealing with it. 

So my message to you is that you need to be very vigilant in regards to any strange growths on your skin and you need to focus on being healthy and energetic, as it will go a long way in helping you to fight off serious health risks. 

Losing weight is really about improving and managing your health, so if you haven't started a program yet, here is one more compelling reason to get cracking.

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