I’ve always been thankful that I was born with my mother’s skin – she has a darker skin tone that darkens and has never had skin cancer in her life.
My late father, on the other hand, had very fair skin. This, combined with great exposure to the sun when he was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico during World War II, caused him all sorts of problems later in life. He has removed several cancers of the skin from his head, face and ears, as well as many, many other precancerous lesions actively removed. He seemed to come home from the dermatologist every few months with bandages all over his face and scalp.
I was grateful that I never had to go through any of this. While I did it.
Last winter I had a scab on the side of my head that just didn̵
This melanoma on Monday I am writing this letter to ask you to receive nothing on your skin, face or head, which is not normal. Melanoma is the worst skin cancer you could get and should be afraid of. If caught early, the cancer is 99% curable, according to the American Cancer Society. However, if your melanoma spreads regionally, the cure rate drops to 66%, and if it spreads remotely in your body, the chance of surviving drops to 27%.
Like most cancers, you need to catch this early.
If you do not visit a dermatologist every year for skin examinations, at least have your partner or family member examine the parts of your body from time to time that you cannot easily see. Below is a diagram of the abnormal things to look out for. Helpful Note: “Larger than 6 mm” is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
Special thanks to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation for putting together this exceptional graphic, this is the best I’ve seen.
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