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Personal stories about skin cancer


Professional athletes, celebrities, and other public figures are helping to get the word out abut skin cancer prevention and detection. Learn more about how they are shining a spotlight on skin cancer.

Chris Klug's personal story

Learn why professional snowboarder Chris Klug is educating organ transplant recipients about their increased risk of skin cancer.

Read Chris' personal story

Julia Mancuso's personal story

Find out why world-class skier Julia Mancuso, the most decorated Olympic female alpine skier in America, is putting a spotlight on skin cancer.

Read Julia's personal story

Former Rep. Brian Bilbray and daughter Briana

Watch as former U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray of California and his daughter, Briana Bilbray, share their skin cancer stories.

Read Rep. Brian Bilbray's story

More personal stories

Many others have shared their personal stories about skin cancer to help bring awareness to this disease and offer support and encouragement to others going through similar challenges. Read their stories below.

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Abbe-Weinerman

Abbe Weinerman

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Amber-Mueller

Amber Mueller

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Amy-Ohm

Amy Ohm

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Anne Westlund

Type: Melanoma - Stage I, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Annie-Appleby

Annie Appleby

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Ashley Casper

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Ashley-Michulka

Ashley Michulka

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Barbara-Baker

Barbara Baker

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Becky Johnson

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Beth-Veltrop

Beth Veltrop

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Brenda-Farley

Brenda Farley

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Brendle-Howard

Brendle Howard

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Brian Bourke

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>brian-saunders

Brian Saunders

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Brittany-Arthur

Brittany Arthur

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Brittany-Cicala

Brittany Cicala

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Brittany-Jackson

Brittany Jackson

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Caitlin-Woods

Caitlin Woods

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Carol-Champagne

Carol Champagne

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Carol Schmidt

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Carol-Foster

Carrie Foster

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Charles-Vanderzee

Charles Vanderzee

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Christina-Parker

Christina Parker

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awa`reness>Story>Claire-McFarlane

Claire McFarlane

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Cliff Gunter

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Colleen-Plowman

Colleen Plowman

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor


Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Courtney-Hodac



Courtney Hodacs

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Crystal-Gill

Crystal Gill

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Daniel-Rafferty

Daniel Rafferty

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Danielle Gregory

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

David Komatz

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Dawn Nichols

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Debbie-Mulqueen

Debbie Mulqueen

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Desi Stout

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Devon-Harper

Devon Harper

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Diana Gudeman

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Diane-McAnally

Diane McAnally

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor


Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Donna-Regan



Donna Regen

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Donna-Roye

Donna Roye

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Doreen-Buckel

Doreen Buckel

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Doty-Henderson

Doty Henderson

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor, I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kathleen-Welsh-Bill-Plautz

Drs. Kathleen M. Welsh and Bill Plautz

Type: Other

Relationship: Other

Dulce Michell

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Edward Hogan

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Edward-Leighton

Edward Leighton

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Elexis-DeLair

Elexis DeLair

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer

Ellen Marmur, MD

Ellen Marmur, MD

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Emily-Tandy

Emily Tandy

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Gabriel-Kauper

Gabriel Kauper

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Gerald-Berger

Gerald Berger

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Grace-Guckin

Grace Guckin

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Heather-Trumpour

Heather Trumpour

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Irene-Rezbanyay

Irene Rezbanyay

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Jamy-Gilinksy

Jamy Gilinsky

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Jeanie Riddell

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Jen-Fulgham

Jen Fulgham

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Jenelle-DeVries

Jenelle Devries

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Jennifer Dufresne

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Jennifer Kowatch

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Jennifer-Martin

Jennifer Martin

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer

Jessica Heissenbuttel

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Joanna-Dennstaedt

Joanna Dennstaedt

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Jodie Walburn

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Joshua-Pascal

Joshua Pascal

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Julia-McDougell

Julia McDougell

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kandi-Dawson

Kandi Dawson

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Karen-Valasquez

Karen Velasquez

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kate-Eckman

Kate Eckman

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kelli-Martucci

Kelli Martucci

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kelly-Kinard

Kelly Kinard

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kevin-Lankes

Kevin Lankes

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kevin-McNamara

Kevin McNamara

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kim-Hamrick

Kim Hamrick

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kim-Ree

Kim Rees

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kimberlee-Babcock

Kimberlee Babcock

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Ashley-Michulka

Kirissa Leonard

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kristin-Brett

Kristin Brett

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kristin-Runyon

Kristin Runyon

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kristine-Gibson

Kristine Gibson

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Larry-Kater

Larry Cater

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Lauren Beloff

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Lauren-Emerson

Lauren Emerson

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Laurie Finnegan

Type: Melanoma - Stage I, Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Lee-Smith

Lee Smith

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Lesley Robbins

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Lisa-Pace

Lisa Pace

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Lisa-Sosebee

Lisa Sosebee

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Lisa-Yuengling

Lisa Yuengling

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Lorrene Buckley

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer

Mandy Qualls

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor
Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Margie-Gunn

Margie Gunn

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Maria-Donahue

Maria Donohue

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Marisha-Dotson

Marisha Dotson

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Mark Williams

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Mary-Lujan

Mary "Janet" Lujan

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Mary-Zoeller

Mary Benesh-Zoeller

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Megan-Sullivan

Megan Sullivan

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Megan-Wood

Megan Wood

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Mel How

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Melissa-Collins

Melissa Collins

Type: Melanoma - Stage I, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Melissa-Finkbeiner

Melissa Finkbeiner

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Melissa-Firth

Melissa Firth

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Melissa-Boudreaux

Michelle Boudreaux

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Michelle Jones

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Michelle-Padgett

Michelle Padgett

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Mike Speck

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Mike-Walsh

Mike Walsh

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Milan-Kesic

Milan Kesic

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Millie-Reeves

Millie Reeves

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma, Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Misty Gauthier

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Monica Laughely

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Nathan-Calhoun

Nathan Calhoun

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Norma-Gainers

Norma Gainers

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Pam Roach

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Patricia Kuchler

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Paula-Berge

Paula Berge

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Peter-Ehrnstrom

Peter Erhnstrom

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Richard-Clark

Richard Clark

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Robyn-Fine

Robyn Fine

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Sandra Saias

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Sara-Langill

Sara Langill

Type: Melanoma - Stage IV

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Sarah-Renema

Sarah Renema

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I have a loved one who has/had skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Shauna-Sherboneau

Shauna Sherboneau

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Sheila-Schnauzies

Sheila Schnauzies

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Sheri-Anderson

Sheri Anderson

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Shirley-Yates

Shirley Yates

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Stella Tagoya

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Steven-Sizemore

Steven Sizemore

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Sue McDaniel

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Summer Kramer

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Summer-Moon

Summer Moon

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Susan-LaDuke

Susan Laduke

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Suzanne-Travis

Suzanne Travis

Type: Squamous cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Sid-Rosenberg

Syd Rosenberg

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tatiana-Thomas

Tatiana Thomas

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tim-Toms

Tim Toms

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Timothy-Durand

Timothy Durand

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tina-Reed

Tina Reed

Type: Melanoma - Stage I, Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tom-Koutsoumpas

Tom Koutsoumpas

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Toni Moore

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tory-Potter

Tory Potter

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Tracy-Callahan

Tracy Callahan

Type: Melanoma - Stage I

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Vanessa-Latimer

Vanessa Latimer

Type: Melanoma - Stage II

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Public>Public-health>Skin-cancer-awareness>Story>Kimberlee-Babcock

Vicki Flowers

Type: Melanoma - Stage III

Relationship: I lost a loved one to skin cancer

William Taylor

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

Yetta Lynn

Type: Basal cell carcinoma

Relationship: I am a skin cancer survivor

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