A couple months ago, an oncology dermatologist performed a full body skin exam to check for skin cancer. As many of you know, it resulted in a bump on my nose being biopsied. Luckily, the pathologist reported only good news – it wasn’t cancer. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not headed back to the dermatologist for another full body exam in a few more months. To my surprise, I fall into a high-risk category because I have more than 50 moles. “More than 50 moles?” I thought, “No way!” But, that’s because I didn’t realize that many of the brown, flat, circular spots on my arm that I endearingly referred to as “freckles,” were in fact “moles” in the dermatology world.
Most people I talk to, especially the youthful twenty-somethings, assure me that they’re not worried. Many boast how they do not take action to prevent the most common type of cancer in the US – skin cancer. Some laugh as they explain that they must have forgotten the sunscreen again or justify that they were only going for ‘a little color.’ If it weren’t for my cancer diagnosis, I too would think that it wasn’t going to happen to me – or at least not for 50 more years. But, I did face a cancer diagnosis. Thus, to continue my mission of ridding the world of unnecessary cancer deaths, I am asking/pleading/begging, that you take 5 minutes to watch the below video, take 10 minutes to check yourself out, and if possible, spread the word. Why? Because…
here’s some bad news:
1.) The incidence of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has doubled among whites between ages 25 and 29.
2.) It is the second most common cancer in children and teenagers.
3.) If it is not caught early, there is only a 10% chance of being alive 5 years down the road.
There is good news, though…
1.) The outlook is very good if it’s caught early!