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The recent awareness campaign #MelanomaHeroes speaks to me on an even more personal level, as it afforded me the opportunity to publicly thank the two most important people in my life: my twin daughters. Claire and Cass, my right-and-left-hand women. My heroes, melanoma and otherwise.
I am a survivor of advanced melanoma: skin cancer which spread to my lymphatic system. I was able to receive eight powerful - and expensive - immunotherapy treatments which quite possibly saved my life. It never occurred to me that, should the disease come back, that I might not receive further treatment.
I am consoled by having the ability to share my story in the hopes that it can help others. Whether or not a fellow melanoma warrior speaks openly about their own diagnosis, I can give my perspective, and my new-found optimism, to those who may feel as isolated as I did when I found out I have stage 3b skin cancer.
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The sun. It's a beautiful thing, and when it's shining, the streets, parks and beaches get really busy. The city comes alive! But it's not all good. The sun can burn! And, a history of sunburns increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanomas. Sun exposure can also cause wrinkles, dry skin and age spots.
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My life was forever changed in one diagnosis: cancer. After 25 years, I had finally learned that the rash on my body was the precursor to a rare form of cancer called for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) that would need to be treated with full-body radiation. My treatment plan was as unique as my diagnosis.
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My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It forms when the DNA of your skin is harmed, doesn't repair itself and instead mutates to form cancerous cells. Melanomas often look like moles, or develop from existing moles. It can spread from the skin to other parts of the body.
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Growing up, we never talked about the importance of sun protection. We ran and played outside, without even thinking about applying sunscreen. Had I known that ignorance would lead to a stage 3b metastatic melanoma diagnosis in my mid-30s, I would've done things a lot differently.
There are plenty of new sunscreen products on the market today and we're using them more than ever before. But with all the incidences of skin cancer, clearly something is wrong with the way we're getting our sun exposure. Here are three concepts to understand before you step outside into the sun.
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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada, and also, the most preventable form of the disease. But every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with it. A recent study from the U.K. not...
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EDMONTON - Alberta hopes to help protect young people from getting skin cancer by banning them from using indoor tanning beds.Legislation introduced Monday would prohibit anyone under 18 from using th...
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Drinking coffee can lower your risk for malignant melanoma, according to a new study from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. Spring-boarding...
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We learned a lot about cancer this past year, but a new study out of the U.K. has even better news: the number of deaths from the disease could soon be nearly zero. Researchers from University College...
Going through treatment for cancer is not something most people want to do in public, but when you're a movie star, you don't really get an option. Hugh Jackman, the Australian actor best known for hi...
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Sun exposure is no joke. It is not to be taken lightly. Tanning salons and oils irk me with the same intensity as marketing fast food to children. Since 1970, the incidence of Melanoma has nearly tripled, while most other cancers are in retreat. Here is a breakdown of what you should know.
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Canadians are spending more time in the sun without adequate protection. What's even more concerning is that an alarming number of young women are going to tanning salons. It's not worth risking your life for a tan. Here are 10 of the most common myths about tanning.
Cancer rates in Canada are the lowest they've been in a decade and death rates from cancer continue to decline, but health experts say Canadians still have something to worry about. According to the...
While the beauty and entertainment industries continue to market being bronzed as being sexy, the reality of what sun damage does to thousands of Canadians each year is anything but. To help address some of the most common questions about skin cancer prevention, I reached out to my colleague, dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers.
After falling asleep on the beach one afternoon I burnt my back badly, and when my skin grew back after blistering, I didn't think about it again. That was of course until I heard the word melanoma and chemotherapy and surgery all in the same sentence. As it turns out, that dark glow one gets from hours in the sun becomes embarrassingly meaningless when you're sitting under a florescent light being told you have cancer.
The majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful than beneficial. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Unfortunately, most modern day sunscreens may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.
Skin cancer is on the rise — especially the most deadly variety called melanoma — with young women and older men being especially vulnerable. Doctors say 950 British Columbians will be diagnosed with...
Dr. Lisa Kellett M.D., The Skiny Something you may not know is that your chance of developing a skin cancer is far greater than any other cancer. In honour of National Skin Cancer Month, the Canadian...
Gel manicures have become very popular in the last few years as a way to maintain a flawless manicure longer and without chipping. But are those UV-emitting nail lamps (used to seal the gel polish to...
Olympic Skier, Julia Mancuso, is on the slopes every day. While temperatures may be low on the mountain, the sun's rays are still super strong. So, she has teamed up with the Spot Skin Cancer Campaign to help prevent and detect skin cancer early on. Here are some of her winter skin care tips for the slopes.
TORONTO - The maker of a drug used to treat people with anemia as well as a form of cancer is warning that new cancers have been reported in a small number of people who have taken the drug.Health Can...
QUEBEC - The Canadian Cancer Society says minors should be banned from tanning salons.The organization sounded the alarm Monday at a Quebec legislature committee in the face of a rise in the number of...
More Canadian teens could be saying goodbye to their tanning beds. Conservative MP James Bezan, based in Manitoba, has proposed a member's bill that would restrict access to tanning beds to those ove...
Oh, boy. Here it comes, I can feel it! "There's a new study out saying that Vitamin D causes skin cancer, can you comment?" I am really bad at not rolling my eyes and clucking my tongue. So if you sti...