Opinion

Mask ‘masked’ skin cancer

To the editor:

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local hardware store. There is an employee there I have known for some time. He had a large bandage on his nose so I asked him what happened. 

He told me that his employer had made all employees wear masks, which he had complied with. He began to notice small lesions appearing on his face under the mask. A lesion then appeared on his nose.

He just thought it was because of the mask. When the mask wearing wasn’t being pushed so hard he noticed that the lesion on his nose wasn’t going away, that it was getting worse, so he went to a doctor who diagnosed basal cell carcinoma.

It was advanced because the man just thought it was a simple lesion from the mask. A large section of the left side of his nose had to be surgically removed, and a flap of skin from near his ear had to be used to cover the hole.

If he hadn’t been wearing the mask this problem might have been discovered before the man was disfigured, or maybe the mask caused the problem in the first place.

Kathy Nelson, Island Pond

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