There are few things scarier than hearing your doctor say, “You have cancer.”
David Stanley heard those words.
He was diagnosed with melanoma. What did he do? He survived, and wrote a book to share the experience and serve as a warning.
Stanley’s book is Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle. He joined Lester Graham on today's Stateside.
When looking for signs of skin cancer, the CDC recommends keeping an eye out for the "A-B-C-D-E's" of melanoma:
- “A” stands for asymmetrical. Does the mole or spot have an irregular shape with two parts that look very different?
- “B” stands for border. Is the border irregular or jagged?
- “C” is for color. Is the color uneven?
- “D” is for diameter. Is the mole or spot larger than the size of a pea?
- “E” is for evolving. Has the mole or spot changed during the past few weeks or months?
Stanley elaborates on what the CDC has to say:
David Stanley is a Michigan-based writer, voice-over actor and audiobook narrator. He tweets @melanomabook.