Georgina Kerstin first felt the itch on her right calf in late spring, 2006. The source was a mole just below the knee. At the time, she was a busy mother of two – maybe a little too busy, a “doer” mom with a lively spark that made her ambitions slightly bigger than her calendar. She did not get to the doctor for a biopsy until July.
Coolibar kicks off its 2014 Melanoma Survivor Series, featuring personal stories from melanoma survivors. Coolibar highlights survivors of melanoma throughout May, which is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Here, melanoma survivor Renee Burch of Seattle, Washington tells her life-changing story.
As it does each year, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®. This chance to promote melanoma awareness and prevention is important to us at Coolibar, because we meet people who live with their melanoma diagnoses every day – and because we meet people who are not familiar with melanoma at all. Knowing about melanoma can save your life – and sharing what you know can save others! Here is a short list of what we’d like people to understand about melanoma.
May is officially Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and Coolibar kicks it off with another boost for awareness, detection and prevention of melanoma – the deadliest of skin cancers. Together, melanoma, squamous cell skin cancer and basal cell skin cancer make skin cancer the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S.
As summer approaches, my mind shifts from snow sports (specifically nordic skiing) to climbing, trail running, and biking. But that’s putting it all too simply. I’d encourage everyone to sit down and ask yourself “What do I want from this summer? What is something I’ve always wanted to accomplish, but not hard the time/energy/etc. for?” Once you’ve answered these questions, apply some of the strategies outlined above and see your own personal progress becoming a reality. But most of all, just get outside, smile, and have fun!