Testimonial: It did happen to me

I was told by many doctors and my dad not to use tanning beds. Dad was diagnosed with melanoma in 1986 and had two different surgeries, in 1986 and 1992, to remove lymph nodes in his stomach and groin.

I didn’t listen — “It won’t happen to me,” I said to myself! I was very wrong!

I was first diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma in 2001 with many excisions to follow over the years.

I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer — the deadliest form of skin cancer — in 2012. I have been going to a dermatologist every six months for the past 13 years to make sure we diagnose any more skin cancers early.

Skin cancer comes in four main forms:

n Actinic keratosis

n Basal cell carcinoma

n Squamous cell carcinoma

n Melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the U.S. Each year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention, using clothing, sunscreen, window film, sunglasses, etc.

Visit skincancer.org for more information.

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