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Adele Lass: Skin cancer survivor

I am a 72-year-old woman. I was diagnosed with melanoma when I was 69.  I noticed what I thought was a bug bite on my lower leg. Several months later, I went to a dermatologist and he did not think it was anything either.  He did do biopsy though and I was later diagnosed with […]

Physician & Skin Cancer Survivor to Young Women: There is No Such Thing as a Safe Tan!

As a pediatrician, I have dedicated much of my life to improve the health of children. Amid my grueling schedule, during my second year of residency I noticed in a bleary-eyed post-call shower that a mole on my chest had changed a little. I recounted the ABCD’s of skin cancer: my mole was only a […]

Cancer Survivor to Young Women: Skin Cancer Prevention Essential

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned as a cancer survivor is to take care of my skin. Before my diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002, I would work on my tan throughout the summer by slathering on tanning oil and laying out in the sun for hours. I always got very dark and […]

Sunny Walia's Skin Cancer Screening Story

The Determined Dermatologist It’s no surprise that dermatologists care about skin cancer. But what happens to a dermatologist who has a family member diagnosed with the disease? Sunny Walia, assistant professor of dermatology and director of dermatologic laser surgery at George Washington University knows everything there is to know about sun safety, but when someone […]

Heather Banz: Skin Cancer Survivor

Dear Prevent Cancer: I was diagnosed with melanoma about 5 years ago, when I was 35. I had a mole on my stomach that was starting to flake and looked red. I assumed that it was from my waist band rubbing the mole and irritating it. When I went to my doctor for my annual […]

Mayor Thomas Menino: Skin Cancer Survivor

Mayor’s Message is Loud and Clear The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, is also a skin cancer survivor. As an advocate for raising skin cancer awareness, he declared April 22, 2008 “Sunwise Day” in Boston to remind people that with the warmer weather comes sun responsibility. To commemorate the event, he partnered with the U.S. Environmental […]

Kristine Fargotstein's Skin Cancer Screening Story

Young Woman Warns Others ‘It Can Happen to You’ Whenever a photo is snapped of Kristine Fargotstein, the 24-year-old turns her left shoulder away from the camera to hide the 3-inch scar on her upper left arm. Even two years after surgery to remove a pre-melanoma area, she can’t help herself. She’s self-conscious when her […]