Did you know that May is the month for Skin Cancer Awareness?
Also, did you know that the late Bob Marley died from a skin cancer (toenail melanoma) called Acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM)? He’d discovered a black streak on his big toenail after hurting his big toe in a football injury.
This blog provides a more comprehensive overview of Bob Marley’s journey with skin cancer.
Was his skin cancer preventable? This blog seems to think so. While most fair-skinned people are concerned about sun exposure and sunblock/sunscreen, many blacks/dark-skinned/Asians are in the high-risk group.
The irony? Skin cancer hits them in areas where the sun doesn’t shine -_-
One of my fair-skinned American colleagues had skin cancer when she found a mole on her foot. She had it surgically removed and she’s fine now.
Unlike most Americans, she stays away from the sun – she wears a big hat, big sunglasses, sunblock and she keeps her kids out of the sun too. She takes skin cancer very, very seriously.
I have to admit that I was pretty shocked to hear her story but now that I’ve read about Bob Marley’s skin cancer, I realize how serious it is. Take care.