I’m beginning to feel like a cancer magnet

In April of 2005 I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer.

Last year I was diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, which is a pre cancerous growth on the esophagus.  Fortunately less than 5% of the people with Barrett’s esophagus develop cancer of the esophagus.

A few months ago I had another growth removed from my knuckle.

Last month I had another pre cancerous growth on my forehead.  This was successfully treated with Carac, a self administered form of chemotherapy

On January 6th, 2020, I went to the dermatologist with an ugly growth on my arm. It turned out to be Keratoacanthoma which is a type of skin cancer confined to the skin.  Keratoacanthomas are a type of skin cancer related to squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, so the recommended treatment is to have them removed surgically.  This is the procedure they did.

I was concerned about be treated for four cancer related growths in as many months.  The doctor told me that it is not uncommon for people who have gone through extensive chemotherapy and radiation to develop new types of cancer.  He seems to be right in my case.

I also learned from the Dermatology Online Journal that there is an association between solitary keratoacanthoma and cigarette smoking. So, if you are a smoker, now you have another reason to quit.

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