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Archive for November, 2009

Dead of Cancer at 30

Sorry for the shocking title – but it is the cold, hard truth for those with Melanoma.  It kills so many people – one person every hour – and doesnt discriminate by age.  I read absolutely heart-breaking stories every day.  Just this past week – a 28 year old young mother who died 3 months after giving birth to her twins,  a 30 year old father with four children …and countless more stories of Melanoma deaths.

But I don’t see these stories in the mainstream media.  I hear lots about breast cancer – especially with the new recommendations for mammograms.  But not about the skin cancer that is killing young students, mothers, fathers, etc and for which there really is no good treatment in later stages.  A cancer that is actually curable if caught early by a skin screening.   In Australia, everyone is aware of the dangers of Melanoma because they have an ongoing public service campaign designed to scare adults and teach children about the importance of protecting yourself from the sun.   But that is not the case in the United States.  I admit – I was one of those naive people who didnt understand this cancer and what it could actually do. Sadly, I am now an expert.  And there is no doubt that a skin screening can save your life.

I found this video from a couple of years ago – of the celebrity chef, Giada de Laurentiis – who was co-hosting the Today Show.  Giada’s brother, Dino, passed away from skin cancer when he was thirty years old.  He waited to go to the doctor after a mole started to itch and bleed.  He died two years later.

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=msnbc&vid=1f41b7c0-bfb6-4ae8-aa77-665cc91dc28d

For  more heartbreaking stories, just read the comments at the end of this post:

http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/03/29/105144.aspx?p=1

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