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Taking Charge of Your Health


OFFICER, HE SURVIVED AFTER GETTING SHOT PATROLLING NEAR THE TEXAS MEXICO BORDER LAST YEAR. SKIN CANCER, THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF CANCER, AND TREATMENT MEANS OFTEN GOING UNDER THE KNIFE. A TREATMENT, A CREAM THAT IS HELPING PEOPLE. TELL US MORE. Reporter: NO SURGERY, NO SCARRING. THIS CREAM IS FOR THOSE WITH BASE EL CELL CARS NO, MA’AM MA. THE MOST COMMON IN AMERICA. WHILE IT IS NOT LIFE- THREATENING, UNTREATED, IT CAN BE DISFIGURING. TRACEY LAWSON NOS THIS FIRSTHAND, A SKIN CANCER THAT USUALLY DEVELOPS IN SUN EXPOSED AREAS. RAISED IN THE ’70S AND ’80S. WEARING THE A WINE TROPICAL OIL. THEY PUT THAT ON THERE, DIG IT OUT AND PUT ALL KINDS OF STITCHES THERE AND YOU HAVE TO COME OUT OF IT. Reporter: THE SPOTS ON HER LEG WERE TREATED WITH A CREAM I THOUGHT, NO WAY THIS IS GOING TO WORK BECAUSE IF IT WOULD, EVERYBODY WOULD BE PUTTING CREAM ON EVERYTHING. Reporter: CREAM INITIALLY USED FOR WARTS USES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT THE CANCER IT WAS A LITTLE RED, NOTHING THAT HURT REALLY BAD. BASE EL CELL CARS NO, MA’AM MA DOES NOT SPREAD. IF LEFT UNTREATED, DOCTORS SAY IT CAN GROW LARGER AND LARGER, TO THE SIZE OF A DINNER PLATE. IT CAN BLEED AND BECOME DISFIGURING. TO DECIDE WHICH TREATMENT TO USE, DOCTORS HAVE TO FIRST PERFORM A BIOPSY ON THE AREA TO CONFIRM IT’S CANCER. IF IT’S TOO DEEP, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE SURGERY. THE CREAM CAN BE PRICEY. WITHOUT INSURANCE COVERAGE, A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR TREATMENTS. Reporter: IT CAN SPARE US KNIFE, BUT IT HAS TO BE USED REGULARLY EVERY DAY FOR SIX WEEKS. I THINK IT’S AMAZING. A LITTLE WHITE MARK I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S A CENTIMETER AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. I DIDN’T HAVE TO BE PUT UNDER. IT WAS WONDERFUL. IF YOU HAVE SKIN CANCER AND HAVE SURGERY, THE RISK OF IT RETURNING IS LESS THAN ONE PERCENT. THE RISK OF IT COMING BACK

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