Phillip Garrido’s nose has something strange on it. That unsightly thing on Phillip Garrido’s nose is quite obvious. That suspicious growth or thing on Phillip Garrido’s nose has gotten bigger over time. I asked a skin doctor (dermatologist) what might be going on with Garrido’s nose, and she has named several possibilities.
The location of the thing on Phillip Garrido’s nose is a common location for skin cancer, which is what I’ve suspected all along. “It’s hard to make out exactly what he has on his nose without seeing him in person,” says Dr. Monica Halem, MD, a dermatologic surgeon practicing in NYC at ColumbiaDoctors Eastside (www.dermatology.columbia.edu.). “However, there is a list of possibilities.”
So what exactly is on Phillip Garrido’s nose? Dr. Halem’s first suspicion is basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is very much related to excessive sun exposure, and the face gets more sun than any other part of the body, except maybe the hands, but even then, in wintertime, hands may be gloved, while the face is still exposed.
Dr. Halem’s next suspicion for whatever’s on Phillip Garrido’s nose is squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most common form of skin cancer. Though basal cell carcinoma doesn’t metastisize, the squamous cell variety can indeed spread throughout the body. People rarely die from this (about 3,500 Americans per year).
Dr. Halem’s third speculation is melanoma, though “in certain situations.” Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and kills 9,000 to 10,000 Americans yearly. She adds, “All the above are a type of skin cancer which we see very often in this area around the nose.”
The other possibility that Dr. Halem believes might apply to Phillip Garrido’s nose is a skin barnacle called seborrheic keratosis. “This is a non-cancerous lesion that can look like this. It is very common as we get older. No one knows what causes this. But, they are benign.” If you are over 40, chances are that you have several seborrheic keratoses on your body; the older you are, the more you generally get, including on your back.
The thing on Garrido’s nose has gotten bigger since news of his arrest first broke. He also recently had surgery on it (courtesy of taxpayers’ expense), according to a few news sites. Indeed, I did see him now with a band-aid covering that area. The warty-looking thing on Garrido’s nose certainly never looked like dermatitis. And it can’t be a wart, because it grew in size so quickly, and warts usually don’t appear on the face. It definitely never looked like a blemish or pimple.
I was reading another site where someone asked what was on Phillip Garrido’s nose, and someone posted skin cancer, but not the kind that spreads. Another person then posted, “I hope he gets the kind that kills him.” Well, I hope he gets tossed into the prison general population. That will get him quicker than any cancer.