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Barbara's story

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My mother's oldest sister, who had been healthy her entire life, died from advanced metastatic melanoma. The reason I'm sharing this story is because her life could have been spared had she not ignored a rapidly changing, discolored mole on her right arm.  "To those who are reading this, learn how to check your skin and don't be shy about having something checked out."

Our entire extended family spent every summer at the lake, unprotected from the sun's hidden dangers. Every one of us should have been more vigilant. Had she paid attention to herself, known the risks and sought to have it assessed sooner, she would still be alive.

To those who are reading this, learn how to check your skin and don't be shy about having something checked out. It is much better to have the diagnosis than to stubbornly let it develop into something more severe and potentially life-threatening. Do it for yourself, but also for those who love you.

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