That's the best way to address it. Regular self-exams are also needed, but they can't replace the expert eye of a dermatologist. My dad is a 30+ year survivor of melanoma. My family was blessed with a stranger being on the same beach as my dad one day, who noticed a mole on his back that didn't look right, and was kind enough to walk over to this complete stranger and encourage him to go see a doctor. He did, and less than a month later, had surgery to remove the cancer from his body. Fortunately for all of us, his had not spread, and that was the extent of his treatment. I will never forget that woman on the beach who I consider an angel. I don't know what her name is, and don't even know what she looks like. But I do know that not only did she save my dad's life that day, but she changed mine in ways that I'll never fully grasp.Originally Posted by steppemaster;3383374;
I'm glad that Grey's is doing this storyline. They are not doing it in a preachy way that will turn people away. But they are including information in there which will help people understand the disease and the signs of it better. When it comes to the awareness needed for something like melanoma, every bit of education that can be spread around is for the better.