Local skin cancer survivors share her story to spread awareness

Maricruz Casares
May 17, 2018

While the month of May is officially known as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Angie Byrd makes it her mission to advocate year-round.

"I was bad like a young person, I went to the solarium, I put on baby oil, laid in the sun", told Byrd.

"When we were children, you had sunscreen but not really - and from what I understand this is when you are younger". Mitchell Dermatology of Northwest Ohio is offering free skin cancer screenings for the 14th year.

Byrd explains, " Returned a basal cell carcinoma, so it is a skin cancer. "So now, my kids always have sunscreen", Byrd said. It's doesn't metastasize but it can spread on the skin.

Byrd also told that she has also lost a close friend because of melanoma and now she spreads the word when she comes across people if they are aware of her body.

Dr. Hope Mitchell, Board Certified Dermatologist says "It's important, when we detect skin cancer, just like any other cancer in its earliest stages, we have a much greater survival rate". If you suddenly have a mole and you do not have one you need to know.

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Oncology Outreach Manager Christin Braddock works along with a dermatologist at Cone Health Hospital.

Skin cancer is already the most common form of cancer in the United States. "It's the most preventable too".

Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before outdoor activity and re-applying regularly is an easy preventative.

"The SPF of 15 is only going to protect against 93 percent of UV rays".

Rashes that do not fade, mole discoloration, skin patch or mole expansion or signs of change on the skin should be taken seriously with a dermatologist exam or screening.

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