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Maureen Reagan

Did you know that Bob Marley died of melanoma? John McCain is the perfect example of staying on top of the disease. He has had several primaries, but is still alive. Brook Shields caught hers early. So did I. So did Troy Aikman.

I enjoy the ranting of health freaks who like to pontificate and tell those of us who are obese, that all we need to do to be healthy is to get out in the sun and walk.  We will be happier spending time in the sun.  Oh, their ignorance.  The sun, for people like me, was nearly deadly.  Once you are diagnosed with a primary, a second one will likely appear.  There is a spot on my right arm I keep watching, obsessively.  It meets none of the categories, yet, but, when I can afford it, I’m having it removed with a wide excision, stitches, and a big-time path report.  It is not there – yet.  But, sometimes you just get a feeling about these things.

Melanoma 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.
Stephen J. Cannell
Burgess Meredith
Cody Palance
James Rebhorn
Jammie Gillis
Frank McCort
Dino De Laurentis

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.

Skin Cancer.Org

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
• pain
• tenderness
• itching
• bleeding
• oozing
• 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.

Melanoma.com

NOTE:

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.

 

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