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Old 02-04-2013, 05:37 AM   #21
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"=BruceK;The thread might benefit from medical input."
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Thanks Andy. Well, Bruce nailed it really Portuguese and others. The rather thin ozone layer down here certainly does contribute in a modest way, with higher UV resulting, (but yes, now improving since the avoidance of the organo-chlorines), but the main issue is indeed our largely Caucasian racial background, which does not bless us with as much melanin in our skin, and the tendency for our young to suffer many episodes of (usually accidental) sunburn when young, and it is that, coupled with the pale skin which leads to the high incidence of melanoma here.
However, yes.. we are also getting better at treating it early, with many skin clinics available now, and the constant message of preventing your kids from sunburn, and using adequate sun protection at all ages. As has already been said, we only need about 15 to 20 mins of sun a day to make enough vit D.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #22
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I've had Gamma Ray treatments...
Gamma Rays?!?!? They would make me VERY angry... And you wouldn't like me when I'm angry!

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #23
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Gamma Rays?!?!? They would make me VERY angry... And you wouldn't like me when I'm angry!
This goes a long way towards explaining some aspects of my personality.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #24
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My wife suffered from psoriasis and a doctor put her onto vitamin B12 shots and it has all but cleared it up
The injections work much better than the tablets
She started off with two weekly injections
She now only has them on rare occasions

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B12? I'll give it a try. I've got at least 3 months before short pants season.
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I think it has been covered but Brazilians have significantly more melanin than other caucasion populations.

Also some other people said that just the fact that you are living on the water contributes to your "general health".

I have had at least 10 Basal cell carcinomas and 5 squamous....and yes, 2 melanomas. One pretty serious. But no disease is present at this time. I told my doc that I have my own form of chemotherapy...RUM!!!...

I surfed all through my youth without sunscreen. I am pretty sure that is what caused all of the above. I still surf avidly and am on the boat when I am not surfing and flying when I am not doing all of that!!!

TERRA FIRMA IS THE ENEMY!!!!!
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