Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the skin. There are two main types of skin cancer: nonmelanoma (including basal and squamous cell carcinoma) and melanoma. Skin cancer is treated by specialists in the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program.

Brad Aagard, cancer survivor

In 2001, Brad Aagard was diagnosed with melanoma on his lower lip. It was removed, and "we thought we'd gotten it," Brad says. A few years later, the melanoma spread to his right lung.

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Douglas Engle, cancer survivor

For Douglas Engle, attitude plays a big part in coping with a stage IV cancer diagnosis. Doug was only 37 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare kind of skin cancer—the same kind that claimed the lives of his great-grandfather and several uncles and great uncles.

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MaryAnn Gerber, cancer survivor

MaryAnn Gerber loved the way she looked with a tan. As a teenager, she visited a tanning salon almost every week. Years later, she had surgery on her face to remove a malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

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Lexie Kite, cancer survivor

Lexie Kite said she used to be one of the girls who believed tan skin is more beautiful.
"If I could, I would beg my younger self to do things differently. I would shout to her what I shout to the world now: Don’t buy the lie that your value and power depend on your looks. Life is much too precious to be cut short by skin cancer. That is abundantly clear after being diagnosed with melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—at age 29."

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