Easter Act 2018

Examine All Skin Types Educate Repeat

 

As a red head, who spent her childhood trying to get a hollywood tan, I’m here to tell you that my ignorant self, put my life in danger. I have stage 3 metastatic melanoma and I’m angry.

Not one of my doctor’s, in my 46 years of life, ever thought to educate me on thee importance of seeing a dermatologist, on a consistent basis or how to properly protect my skin and why I should. This is unacceptable.

My sun kissed damaged skin is very obvious. I never did get a tan (which by the way is inflammation of the skin) and for every sunburn you’ve had, your chance of skin cancer increases. I’ve been sunburned, with huge blisters, over 50 times. These types of questions need to be asked by healthcare professionals and entered into patients history.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. If caught early, prognosis is excellent. Caught too late, melanoma can and will kill you. Sometimes, within 6 months.

If I had been properly educated by my healthcare team, I would not have ignored the mole on the back of my knee and I wouldn’t be fighting for my life right now. No one is immune to skin cancer. Bob Marley died from untreated metastatic melanoma.

I want to pass the Easter Act of 2018. Examine All Skin Types Educate Repeat.

Our doctor’s need to recognize those at high risk and be vigilant in educating ALL patients. Of ALL skin colors. Of all ages! Did you know that there are babies born with melanoma? I didn’t either.

I want to push for skin checks to be a part of our annual physical. Doctor’s check for all other types of cancer on a yearly basis IE: prostate, breast, uterine etc. But, ignore the largest organ we have. Our skin.

If any of my doctor’s had taken the time to obtain a detailed patient history, educated me on monthly self exams and referred me to a dermatologist, my chances of surviving melanoma would have greatly increased.

UPDATE: 10-4-18 A spot I’ve had on my arm that starting popping up when I lived in Lake Tahoe (high altitude)  was explained away by my oncologist and two dermatologists as vascular. My vascular surgeon had no idea what it was. I insisted it be biopsied.

It came back as squamous cell carcinoma.

Please sign and share my petition here: https://www.change.org/p/american-cancer-society-the-easter-act-2018-examine-all-skin-types-educate-repeat

It may save your life or that of a loved one.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Respectfully,

Tracey Easter https://traceyeaster.org/about/

For more information about skin cancer please visit:

 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer.html

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