Statistically speaking, when I physically tell someone new that I have Melanoma their response will either be one of three routes:
- They have it (haven’t run into that one yet),
- They know someone that has it (I've run into a LOT of that - thanks everyone for the input! :)),
- They say “Oh good; that’s the kind you want - it’s just skin cancer.”
I actually agreed the first time someone said that to me. “Yeah, I guess you’re right. But have you googled anything about this, it’s totally creepy!”
Statistically speaking, Melanoma diagnosis has increased 15% in the last 40 years, thus making it the fastest growing Cancer in the USA. It’s the 2nd most common form of cancer among young woman ages 15-30. If not caught early, it can absolutely be fatal. It’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in young woman ages 25-30 and a close 2nd to breast cancer in women aged 30-34. And we can’t leave out this beauty: Tanning before age 35 increases your chance of diagnosis by 75 percent. Seventy-Five-Effing-Percent!Anyways, enough with all of that joyful noise. The reality is it’s hard to not come across statistics during ‘research’. Practically every website, blog and/or thread talks about statistics sooner or later. Damn it, I’ve totally just contributed. Oh well. Peeps need to know what the hell is up!! Along with not wanting to be a statistic, I definitely don’t want to be a Debbie Downer (one of my favorite SNL skits: “Feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats!”). I’m not going to quote statistics at every opportunity. That would be weird.
Today – Debbie Downer is not allowed. Today is World Autism day and I’m wearing a blue dress for Autism! Even the Empire State building will be switching out their standard lights for blues. Light it up BLUE! And I will totally quote something I said this morning:
“I’m becoming a Motivational Bi-otch!”