A scaly red patch appeared on my right hand, seemingly overnight. Its presence reminded me that I was middle-aged and that I spend too much time in the sun. Freckles dot both my hands, some large, others pin-points. Age-spots, I thought of the lot. But then about three weeks after it appeared, the red patch began to itch, and one Saturday morning I woke to find that the scaly part had grown, spread in all directions. A quick (one click) search on the internet turned up a photo match of my patch: squamous cell carcinoma. I called my dermatologist Monday morning.


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