To the editor:
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. I want you to know of this horrific disease so that my father’s story does not become yours nor your patients’. My father was diagnosed with an early stage melanoma in August 2010. In October 2011 he discovered a cluster of malignant lymph nodes.
By January 2012 the melanoma had spread to his lungs, liver, thoracic and sacral spine, and by May to the right adrenal glad and sinus cavity. Melanoma took his life one year ago this month — at age 52.