My Brush With Melanoma

Although melanoma makes up less than one percent of skin cancers, it is the cause of most skin cancer deaths.

A few months ago, I had a dream that I was dying of skin cancer. For me, it is unusual to remember a dream and this one…

In the dream, the cancer started from a dark spot on my cheek. It was a mark that really existed and had for at least six years. The mark had become something of a joke because it resembled a gangster’s teardrop tattoo. (You can see it clearly in the picture above.) I had been getting regular checkups from dermatologists for several years. As we moved around the country, two different dermatologists had assured me that the spot was nothing to worry about, but that I should call them if it grew bigger or darker.

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