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Heather Banz: Skin Cancer Survivor

Posted by PCF Admin on February 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Dear Prevent Cancer: I was diagnosed with melanoma about 5 years ago, when I was 35. I had a mole on my stomach that was starting to flake and looked red. I assumed that it was from my waist band rubbing the mole and irritating it. When I went to my doctor for my annual physical I asked her if I could have it removed. She referred me to a surgeon in ...

Mayor Thomas Menino: Skin Cancer Survivor

Posted by PCF Admin on February 10th, 2011 | No Comments »

Mayor's Message is Loud and Clear The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, is also a skin cancer survivor. As an advocate for raising skin cancer awareness, he declared April 22, 2008 "Sunwise Day" in Boston to remind people that with the warmer weather comes sun responsibility. To commemorate the event, he partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the SHADE Foundation to plant trees, distribute free sunscreen and generate discussions about ...

Kristine Fargotstein’s Skin Cancer Screening Story

Posted by PCF Admin on February 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

Young Woman Warns Others ‘It Can Happen to You’ Whenever a photo is snapped of Kristine Fargotstein, the 24-year-old turns her left shoulder away from the camera to hide the 3-inch scar on her upper left arm. Even two years after surgery to remove a pre-melanoma area, she can’t help herself. She’s self-conscious when her scar is showing and dreads heading into tank top season. “I grew up in the Southwest where ...