It can happen to anyone!! Melanoma kills one person every hour in the USA. Andy Cohen, famous for producing many of our fav reality shows like the Housewives franchise, was not exempt from this disease.
He claims to be tanorexic (addicted to tanning) and even though he is super rich and famous that did not stop melanoma from growing on his lip.
In fact he put off getting it looked at for months, but because of good friend Kelly Rippa’s instance, he finally got it checked out.
His melanoma diagnosis has changes his relationship with tanning.
Melanoma, is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can happen to anyone! Healthcare professionals did not take Jackie Smiths condition seriously. However, her strength, resilience and determination to press on and not take “no” for an answer is a lesson to us all.
melanoma is for fair-skinned, middle-aged, Caucasian women….
Listen to her tell a piece of her own story, and consequently dismantles the myth that this is a “white” person disease.
Skin cancer can affect any race or gender. Did you know that Bob Marley died from Melanoma as well?
As a young African American female, Jackie is NOT your typical skin cancer advocate. She is a role model who teaches each of us that cancer does not discriminate. It happens to young, beautiful humans everyday. For instance according to the American Academy of Dermatology, almost one person dies every hour from melanoma in the US.
For African Americans a Melanoma diagnosis is often a death sentence, because of late stage detection. It does not have to be this way. Take Jackie’s story to heart and pass it on. And most importantly Share Jackies story with your loved ones and remind them that being a nuisance should be the least of your worries.
Above all, her advice is that you are the best advocate for your health. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Find a doctor that will listen and take you seriously. Your life may be at stake.
Therefore, see an oncologist, not a dermatologist if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Melanoma. This one doctor switch can save your life.
Jackie finds ways to give back by volunteering and even going to Capitol Hill to advocate for melanoma research and awareness, read more about her here.
We listen to Laura McDaniel as she walks us through her harrowing ordeal with her Melanoma Story. She is not defined by this one aspect of her life though. She is an accomplished lawyer, mother, ally and survivor.
Hear what it takes to challenge Doctors, trust your gut and be cured!
Everyone knows that cancer can grow in any part of our body but did you realize that you can get skin cancer in your eyes? By it's name one can assume that it's only on the outside of the skin but the truth is scarier!
Don't worry tough because your opthemolologist can check for changes during routine annual eye exams!
Protect your eyes with UV resistant sunglasses....plus shades always look cool anyways!
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