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8.04.08

Lifewatch: Skin Cancer

WILMINGTON -- Living in a beach community, a lot of people spend long periods of time in the sun.  But many of those people don't realize a mole or growth that is cancerous can spread to other organs and even be deadly.

53-year-old Steve Morgan is an engineer who has lived in Wilmington for four years.

After waiting a few months, his girlfriend dragged him to a free skin screening at Independence mall for a growth on his shoulder.  It turns out, that it was cancerous.

"I was one of the last couple people in and when Dr. Crane saw it, his nurse jumped back about three feet," said Steve.

Dr. Jonathan Crane took a sample of the growth, telling Steve there was an 80% chance it was nothing to worry about.

But, that wasn't the case.  Steve learned that if the cancer had already spread, he may be down to months or a year to live.

Now, Steve is trying to get the word out on what to watch for.

Dr. Crane says to follow the "A,B,C,D" rule.  If a mole is asymmetrical, has a jagged border, is several colors, or changes its diameter, you could have a problem.

If you have a mole or a growth with any of those signs, you should go to the dermatologist to get it checked out.

Steve waited longer than he should have, but now he's getting a second chance.  The cancer didn't spread and he's doing fine.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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