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Posted by MonaLiza on October 06, 2000 at 18:46:04:

In Reply to: HELP me start a SKIN CANCER awareness Campaign ONLINE! posted by Angell on September 20, 2000 at 12:37:41:

: I'm very intent on starting an online skin cancer awareness campaign. I recently visited a cancer clinic and my moles examined for the first time IN MY 24 years of LIFE! No one had ever told me that I should have my moles doctor ever bothered to tell me that since I'm fair skinned with light eyes and light hair AND since I have moles all over my body that I am at greater risk for skin cancer. I grew up thinking that it was something only caucasian people were at risk for. Being African-American, I never thought it was something I had to worry about. Well, during my visit to the clinic, the doctor found an unusual looking mole on my back. It's not very big, but it's a shade lighter than the rest of my moles and the borders look a little weird. It's not bleeding or blistering and it's not getting any bigger, but it still scares me. I'm going to get a biopsy on Friday and I pray that everything is okay.
: This has sent me on a crusade to tell as many people, of all races, about skin cancer. I don't want anyone to go through what I'm going through right now or what many of the people on this board are going through, especially if it's something that can be prevented.
: If you're interested in helping me create a campaign to spread skin cancer awareness on the net then please contact me ASAP at [email protected]
: Thanks and God Bless....
: -Angell H.

Hi Angell -- My first experience with skin cancer came at the age of 13. I am turning 30 this year and have had 54 biopsies with 5 malignancies. I had a lot of moles at an early age. All this before I new what sun bathing was about. I went through 10 years of the doctors cutting on me, leaving me scared for life. But in the end, I was still alive. I have been through a lot over the years between treatments, continuous biopsies and visits to the doctor for checkups. I owe someone up there a big thanks for helping me get through this. I have been lucky (I guess you would call it that) in that I have had the malignant moles removed before it could spread into the blood stream. I am not convinced however that my condition was purely based on the fact that I have blond hair, blue eyes and fair skin. I donít recall many sunburns as a child either. Thereís more to my story that would take a book to explain and understand. If there were anyone who understands what it is that you may be going through it would be me.

I donít know how much I can offer but if you want a helping hand, please let me know.

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