If you do nothing else today, I want you to spend five minutes of your time watching this PSA. Believe me, I’ll wait.
Noun: A tumor of melanin-forming cells, typically a malignant tumor associated with skin cancer.
My sister, whom I commonly refer to as TheProgrammer on Twitter, is currently awaiting the biopsy results of a changed melanoma on her arm. She’s at risk because we lived overseas for several years in Saudi Arabia, where she got a couple of very serious sunburns when she was young. Yesterday this link found its way into my Twitterstream (via @collegewebguy), and I can’t help but think the serendipitous timing is the Universe telling me to send it along to all of you. Melanoma–skin cancer–is a young person’s disease. I know I abused my skin in the sun worshiping phase of my misspent youth. I’m pretty sure a lot of you can say the same. Being on this side of a biopsy is scary; being on the other side of a malignant result is worse. It does not have to be a death sentence. THIS IS A CANCER THAT SHOWS ITSELF. Take the time. Check yourself. Share this PSA. Be aware. Find more information at www.dcmf.ca. It takes 10 minutes to check yourself.
Your skin is an elephant. It never forgets.
I want you to know.