How Can I Reduce My Risk for My Melanoma Coming Back?

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It's our final stop in our head to toe journey in cancer prevention. It's the most commonly diagnosed cancer and it's mostly found on the legs in women, I'm talking about skin cancer, so where is Lisa? Come up and join me Lisa, how are you? Hi! Come on up. Thank you very much, so you've got a question? Yes, first of all I wanted to thank you because I believe you saved my life.

Goodness. A few months ago, a few months ago I was watching your show about moles and I recognized one of the moles that you showed us Melanoma as being something that I saw on my leg and because of that I went to my doctor, he referred me to my dermatologist and sure enough it was Melanoma.

You're kidding me. Yes. You had it taken it out. I had take it away about nine weeks ago and now cancer free and I. This whole show is about you multiply by everybody watching because you know, you're very kind saying that I saved your life, you saved your life. Now, if you paid attention, and you took notes, and figured out how to apply to yourself in all the doctoring we can ever try to do no matter how great care the doctors are who took care you the best advantage you have is come in early, so congratulations for being so smart person.

Thank you. What's your question? I wanted to know what I can do to prevent the Melanoma from coming back and what precautions I should take going out in the sun. When we talk about doctors who have been through the problems if they know a lot more than people who have book knowledge, so let's take it away, how can you prevent skin cancer.

So Lisa the number one way to prevent Melanoma from spreading throughout your body is to be proactive. The key is change, that's often the first warning sign that it could be cancer, but if you can catch it, if you can catch Melanoma in the earliest stages it's almost 99% treatable.

Good. So we're going to examine you right here. No, we got a demonstration. I've got something in store for you, so I want you to come up here and join me. I love talking to folks about what's really happening with these different ideas and words that we talk about, in this case of melanoma or skin cancer because you if actually see it then it changes the way you think about it.

So this is typically what happens early in the life of a skin cancer. See it's pretty superficial? Go ahead and feel it there, and it's raised and look at the pretty shadings, by the way, as we probably discussed in the show that you're referring to it's not symmetrical, the border is weird, the colors aren't the same, this is the kind of thing that gets us a little bit nervous and the diameter is bigger than you'd wanted it to be.

Because it tends to be larger than the back of a pencil header. Now put your clothes on. What's happening is that the tumor is very small. It has to start somewhere, right? It starts with one cell. And one cell is not going to kill you, but it grows several things begin to happen. It begins to get irritable it starts to spread you see that as it spreads something go out and go pathways and then something very important happens, it will start to spread over here on its surface and these be one of the see they are super facial and then something else happens I want you to look underneath here.

The cancer suddenly gets into the blood stream you see that and as that happens now even if we are cutting out the super facial area and taking it out the cancer is traveling, it is impossible for us to keep up with them unless we actually can get to it, it uses a novel cool breaking cutting edge therapy or because someone finds it early usually because they look themselves.

OK. Thank you for doing what you are supposed to do. Thank you. Now last question for you as you know for mostly cancer run is Melanoma by itself, but for more skin cancer sun screen is the best way to reduce exposure so I suspect you use some sun screen. Always have. How powerful? 30.Perfect I love it.

She is a expert. She has come a world expert on her body. I want to thank Doctor Friedburg, Doctor Richly Heron and Doctor [INAUDIBLE] everyone who asked a question we'll be right back.