Radiation Treatments for acne in 1970's

by Bonnie L. Olson
(Tigard, Oregon USA)

In the '70's I had several radiation treatments for acne.

I was in my thirties. At the time I had positive results not knowing that in another 30-40 years I would have a battle with skin cancer.

In the past 25 years I have had 4 MOHS surgeries, 100's of lesions lazered, then in past four years discovered efudex chemo cream. I have used it once a year on face, hands, neck, back and arms.

It has been amazing seeing the cancer that is beneath my skin. If you are interested in "you tube for skin cancer stories" is a site to visit!

A sight is right! Any cancer becomes red like a sunburn, then sores erupt going through stages of bleeding, scabbing, pus, and discomfort.

It takes about a month for this to clear and skin is healthy looking again. I recommend looking into this treatment.

A dermatologist only checks what is seen on you skin. The cream pulls out the unseen cancer that is growing.

I am so thankful for finding this method of treatment. Radiation for acne also now causes thyroid and brain cancer. My thyroid has nodules which were not cancer. I was so happy to get a good report as I am in high risk after radiation treatments.

I am now a 69 year old great Grandma who is thankful for each day, knowing I live with cancer, but I can help keep it controlled with efudex chemo cream.

Bonnie Olson
Tigard, Oregon

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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