Skin Cancer

My dad scared me today.

I called him as I always do on Saturdays at 9am. He answered the phone as usual and after we exchanged greetings, he said “Well, my surgery was a success!”


Shocked, I said “What surgery?”
“Didn’t I tell you?” Dad replied.
“No you didn’t!”

He proceeded to tell me that he had had a malignant basal cell carcinoma (BCC) removed from his ear. He had complained about it when I was there at Christmas, but never mentioned it to me after. They had to graft skin from his thigh to place on the part of his ear where the cancer was removed.

The good news: They got it all.

My dad has had issues with skin cancer ever since I was a child. One of my earliest memories was when I was 6 years old and my dad had a cancer removed from his head, which he had to keep bandaged for weeks.

Dad said he feels guilty for not wanting to go out into public with the way his ear looks at the moment.
“I should just focus on the good part…..they got it all.” I chuckled. At 76 my dad is healthy and just as cute as ever.

I’m sure that my dad’s absent-mindedness had him forget to tell me about the procedure (he’s always been like that) because he usually tells me of these things.

Needless to say, I have promptly written to my siblings with the request to please inform me of any surgeries or procedures anyone in the family has scheduled……just in case my dad forgets!

2 responses to “Skin Cancer

  1. I am glad everything went well and they were able to get it all.
    Tony and MIL have always had issues with skin cancer themselves. I told the kids they need to be very aware of it also.

    • I am too. I have my dad’s fair skin and had some pretty bad sunburns at the beach as a kid. But I’m now older than my dad was when he first started having problems.
      As a kid he practically lived outside and was exposed to the sun a lot.
      My husband is fair skinned also and he has some mysterious spots on his skin that I”m going to pressure him to get examined. He’s not one for going to doctors – but then again, neither am I!

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