A recent survey by the British Skin Foundation showed that almost 50% of people polled were not even aware that skin cancer can be deadly. And, although it is easy to treat if found early, skin cancer becomes extremely dangerous once it spreads to other areas of the body. This survey also showed that out of 5,000 people, only a quarter of them said they would get a suspicious skin growth checked.
While tanning beds and excessive sun exposure increase your risks, skin cancer can happen to anyone regardless of their skin type or how cautious they are. Recently, Homeland actor, James Rebhorn, passed away from skin cancer after a lengthy struggle with melanoma, which began all the way back in 1992. This public ignorance has many doctors, including board-certified New Haven dermatologist, Dr. Ronald Savin, concerned.
Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Schmit, recently came forward to share about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. He has undergone multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy – and he remains optimistic about his recovery despite the odds. He also adds that if he never decided to get a small “little crusty thing” on his hand checked out – which led to the discovery of a mole on his back – things would be very different.
At age 64, Schmit admits, “The older you get … you still carry some sort of invincibility, the moral of the story is everybody get checked.” As the old saying goes, it’s truly better to be safe than sorry. Early detection is key to your health and survival.
If you notice an irregular mole or skin spot that changes in size, shape, color or in other ways, view our online gallery of skin cancer growths here: We also urge you to schedule an appointment right away. Call 203.865.7030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.