CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - You can't beat the summer heat in Cleveland. After months of hibernation, we head outdoors to breathe the fresh air, and soak up the sun.
"Many people feel the need to be tan, to be considered attractive" says University Hospital's Dr. Jeremy Bordeaux. According to him, one in five of us will experience skin cancer sometime in our lives.
Dr. Bordeaux says "it's going up in older people, and it's also going up in younger people."
In fact, you may recognize one of Dr. Bordeaux's patients, Cleveland 19 News Chief Investigator Carl Monday.
Basil Cell Carcinoma is a non-lethal, common type of skin cancer. It's a condition that starts to develop at an early age. It strikes about two million people a year.
"The one we are most concerned about and we hear most about, rightly so, is Melanoma. Melanoma is the least common of the three skin cancers, but by far the most deadly," says Dr. Bordeaux.
"Looks like you got skin cancer," says Dr. Bordeaux confirming Carl Monday's earlier biopsy. "I have Basal Cell Carcinoma, a non-lethal, but common type of skin cancer," says Monday.
It's a condition that likely began to develop at an early age. As a blue-eyed, light skin boy growing in Slavic Village, Carl Monday spent many days out in backyard pool.
"That's me with no short and no sun protection. And even as an adult, under a blazing sun in the ballpark. Even while on the job, exposing wrongdoing, I was exposing myself to damaging ultra violet rays," recalls Monday.
Chief Investigator Carl Monday went under the knife on Thursday morning, May 5. It was time to take care of his Carcinoma, a skin cancer that strikes about two million people a year. The cancer was found on Monday's forehead.
It's now surgery day. First, there's a pre-operation consultation and plenty of prep work by Dr. Bordeaux's staff. After some pictures and numbing of the effected area, and some surgery room humor, it was showtime and the doctor got down to business. In less than three minutes, the tumor is removed. "We'll get you bandaged and we'll see what we see. Hopefully we got it all out," says Dr. Bordeaux.
Now, the doctor and Carl are waiting for the results to see what they found. Was the cancerous tumor contained or did it spread? After about forty-five minutes, Dr. Bordeaux returned with the verdict.
"We got great news, You're all clean! All that basal cell is out, and we don't have to go any deeper."
The surgery was a success. Hopefully it will serve as a reminder for all of us, not only this summer, but all year round. Wear plenty of sunscreen, and be sure to wear shades and all he protective gear to keep skin cancer free.
The number one lesson? "When you catch these things early, their not too big of a problem for you," says Dr. Bordeaux.
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