The Pink Flamingo is an 11 year survivor of melanoma. Regular readers know I periodically go off onto one of my rants and raves about Melanoma, which is one of the deadliest cancers there is. It is also one of the most easily curable.
All you need to do is catch it in time.
If you don’t catch melanoma in time, or have an improper diagnosis, you are dead.
You are dead.
Melanoma kills people like Maureen Reagan.
It can be hereditary.
If you have red or blond hair, along with blue or green eyes, and very fair skin, yikes!
If you are Black, keep an eye on moles under your fingernails. There is a huge bigotry of diagnosis – only fair skinned white people get melanoma – right? Wrong. Watch those fingernails.
The simplest way to catch it in time is to have a full body check-up every six months. Any suspicious nevis should be removed and have a full path report.
Are you at risk? Take the test.
Do you have a nevis (mole) that looks like this – the ones on the right? If so, and you do not get help, immediately, YOU WILL DIE.
Other Warning Signs:
• The appearance of a new bump or nodule
• Color spreads into surrounding skin
• redness or swelling beyond the mole
• scaly appearance
What do you do if you have one that looks like the bottom right – Mine was an inch in diameter, with a lovely multi color.
So far, I’m one of the lucky ones. The odds are that I will have a second primary during my life-time. I plan on beating those odds by having those body checks every six months. Ever possible mole that could go bad has been removed, properly.