Although the nose is a small organ, it is centrally located and subject to scrutiny. A number of skin disorders primarily affect the nose, causing potentially embarrassing lesions. Some people have turned their nasal maladies to advantage, using them to make a statement about life.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan was treated for a basal cell carcinoma on the nose. At a White House briefing, he pointed to a small Band-Aid on his nose and said: “This is just a small billboard that says…‘stay out of the sun.’”1 His remarks helped raise public awareness about the rising epidemic of skin cancer in the United States.
Burgdorf WHC, Hoenig LJ. Notable Noses. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(7):838. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.64
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