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In November 2010 I ran my first and only marathon (NYC 2010) and achieved my three goals of not getting hurt, finishing the race and qualifying for the Boston Marathon. As I was looking forward to the Boston Marathon this coming April my mother-in-law was diagnosed with melanoma. As she continues to meet with doctors and undergo various tests we wanted to raise awareness of this common and serious skin cancer.
Melanoma can usually be treated if detected early enough, but if it is not removed early it spreads internally and is generally fatal. Melanoma
- occurs in every age group after puberty
- is the most common cancer in the 25-29 age group and second most common in the 15-29 age group
- is the cancer most likely to develop in women under the age of 39, except breast cancer
- is the 5th most common cancer in males and 6th in females
- incidences are more than double that of the new HIV infections and increasing at an epidemic rate
- causes on average one death in the U.S. almost every hour
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If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it…