A blog about us…and journey with Melanoma

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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2 responses

  1. Thank you so much for commenting on our blog, it is nice to read other blogs that are related!:) I wanted to comment on this one because I so agree with what you are saying. This month is breast cancer month and while I agree and appreciate all the awareness campaigns, I am aggravated with the fact that you never hear about Melanoma. It is only one of the worst types of cancer as it is aggressive, unknown to the majority of people, doctors are still trying to figure out how it works and how to cure it and it is extremely deadly!!! How do we not be a little disgusted that we do not have more out there about it! Ok sorry I got on my soap box a little….. hope we can keep in touch, it will be nice to hear from a wife of a survivor and fighter:)

    October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    • Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much for your comment..it’s so great to hear from you. I totally agree about the lack of understanding regarding this horrible disease. I was clueless my entire life about melanoma and I know so many people out there are too. This must be so hard for you as a caregiver and My worst fear is that I will have to see my husband really sick. I will keep in touch and I send my thoughts and prayers to you and Alan that his treatments will work and he will win this battle. Best, Emily

      October 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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