Olay has sponsored the SKIN CANCER TAKES FRIENDS campaign along with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and Marcia Cross. This campaign allows you to get a free skin cancer screening.
Please visit and browse their website - http://skincancertakesfriends.org/sctf08/index.jsp. There are videos with great information regarding skin cancer and melanoma. I encourage you to watch the three videos as well as read the articles.
Skin Cancer and Melanoma can be prevented and if caught early are curable. I started this blog to not only keep friends and family updated, but to also educate you. I am hoping that what I am going through will motivate you to get checked and to use safer practices while in the sun. Your primary doctor can look at your moles, however, you really need to see a dermatologist (once a year) as they are trained to see skin cancer and melanoma in their early stages.
If you get your screening either through this campaign or on your own, please let me know. You getting checked will mean a lot to me. Don't feel silly or uncomfortable - get checked! It could save your life.
Thanks for the link, Tina!
I watched the videos and read the articles. For anybody reading this that doesn't think they have time now, they're all short, but very informative and good to watch and learn. Just do it now. I was surprised at how quickly I finished.
I've never been to a dermatologist (for me,) but promise you I will. It's on my to do list to make an appointment Monday. Thanks for giving me the push to finally do this and I hope others will do the same.
BTW, I love the pictures...except for the incision ones of course...ouch! That was pretty eye-opening. It's one thing to hear about it and another to see it, and I'm sure a whole 'nother thing to be the one going through it!
I really admire your strength in handling all that you've been dealt and your drive to teach others in the hopes of sparing even one person from going through the same thing.
I get checked every year since you were first diagnosed, I had been seeing a dermatologist for some other stuff and started on a yearly all over body check. By the way Teya is beautiful, I hope I get to meet her on your next visit to Michigan.
I did it! My appointment is scheduled, thanks to you! It's not until mid-December, but at least it's in the calendar now. Thanks again for posting these links and getting people educated.
Like the other Kathy, I too have been checked each year since you were diagnosed...thanks to your urging. My dermatologist has removed several suspicious moles and irritating skin tags and everything has come back clean. Thanks for the reminder to keep this on my important "to do" list!
This is Robin and Darrell's daughter Amy. I just wanted to let you know that I went to the dermatologist to have my skin checked for the first time last week and Patrick has an appointment in 2 weeks. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better and are back to work. I also enjoy reading your blog and think it is great that you are educating people about the sun and taking care of yourself.
hello. This is Darrell and Robin's daughter, Michelle and I like Amy went and got a skin cancer screening yesterday. I have been very encouraged by your blog. You have encouraged me to take better care of my skin and my children's skin. Thanks and I will be praying for you and your family. May God bless you and heal you, Tina. Blessings. I look forward to reading about your progress.
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