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Skin cancer awareness makes a difference

If I would have had some skin cancer awareness twenty years ago, I know some things would have been a lot different for me.

If you read My Story you’ll how I could have used some help making decisions. Now I want to see you better informed.

I remember that very first morning when I felt a small pea size lump on the side of my neck, I didn’t have a clue about the first signs of skin cancer.

I didn’t know about the Five Signs of Skin Cancer. Even if I had known them I wouldn’t have known that skin cancer does not always appear exactly as defined by these five signs.


There was nothing visual to see at all. I just happened to run my hand across it and felt it.

I did go to a doctor right away, but he did not even recognize it as skin cancer, which makes me aware that many primary care doctors need some more training in skin cancer awareness.


At a later visit, with a different doctor, I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.

A tumor started growing inward as well as outward. It spread to my throat and on the other side of my neck.

I was feeling very assured that I could completely cure myself by following a macrobiotic diet.

The problem was that it was growing too fast and I began my healthy life change too late to make the difference that I needed so quickly.

I needed to be more aware and informed what to expect by relying totally on the alternative approach and/or the conventional methods.

I was asking questions and advice from the natural healing perspective, but out of fear of hearing the worst, I didn't seek much information from the medical profession.


I’ve learned that, certainly, a healthy diet and lifestyle is always the best way for optimum health, but there are times when a doctor is necessary.

I’ve learned to take the best of both worlds. Eat healthy, live healthy and see your doctor regularly for a check up.

See your dermatologist at least once a year for a screening. Be sure the dermatologist is a specialist in skin cancer.


Skin Cancer Awareness is important to you

In this website you can find more information on the skin cancer warning signs, so you’ll know what to look for.

You'll also find a page on doing your own self exam when you get out of the shower.

Always be aware of any changes or anything suspicious taking place with your skin.

Learn about prevention and sun safety. You can still have fun in the sun; just avoid the sun burn and excessive tanning.

Be aware and be safe!


Links related to Skin Cancer Awareness:
Five Signs of Skin Cancer
Stages of Skin Cancer
Actinic Keratosis
Solar Keratosis
Mole Cancers
Cancerous Moles


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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!

Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly

Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  



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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!