It never really occurred to me that I was a cancer survivor until our company, Certified Asset Appraisals, completed projects recently for a Medical Oncology (chemotherapy) clinic and several radiation therapy facilities throughout the U.S. It got me thinking about my own issues. With ongoing bouts of skin cancer, I just don’t put myself in the same category as those folks who are fighting breast cancer, colon cancer, lymphoma or the many other types of cancer.
But cancer of any type, if not caught early and not treated aggressively can lead to more serious life threatening consequences, even skin cancer. As a kid growing up in Iowa, my summers were spent swimming, yard mowing and baling hay. We never heard of sun screen. Sun tan lotion was for trying to get the best tan while being in the sun all day. The effects of those summers caught up with me in the last few years. After 10 surgeries on different areas of my head over the last 4 years, I think we finally got it thanks to my surgeon. The picture is a basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer). I won’t show you the picture of me after one of my surgeries with my face covered in stitches.
Nearly all of us have friends and family who have had or are dealing some type of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the U.S. get some form of cancer every year. I am lucky. We caught mine early but it still left scars. That is the key, early detection and treatment. Know your body. Recognize if something is not right and above all get the recommended screening tests the American Cancer Society recommends, and when.
BE A SURVIVOR