The last thing Summer Sanders expected to hear at a routine visit to her dermatologist was the word “melanoma.” Although the olive-skinned swimmer had grown up training in outdoor pools under the intense California sun, she had never consciously tried to get tan and never considered herself at risk for skin cancer. It just wasn’t on her radar, especially when making it into the Olympics took so much of her focus.
Melanoma took many things from Todd and Linda Nagel, but it never took away their hope. Throughout Todd’s five-year battle, they remained positive and embraced every moment together even more preciously.
All melanomas are associated with an initial tumor, but sometimes the location is difficult to ascertain.
An Emmy Award winner, Jerry Penacoli has covered many of Extra’s high-profile and exclusive interviews, such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and President Obama. Through all the glitz and glam of the entertainment world, Jerry’s melanoma diagnosis was a shocking reality check.
Early detection of skin cancer can save your skin and, in some cases, even your life. Watch for these clues, and if something doesn’t heal, is growing or just doesn’t seem right, see a dermatologist right away.
Firefighters risk their lives running into burning buildings, but the menace doesn’t come just from the fire. They may face an increased risk for developing melanoma, the most dangerous of the three most common types of skin cancer.
Growing up in Philadelphia and Queens, New York, I wasn’t really an outdoorsy type of child. I spent a lot of time in the dance studio doing ballet, tap and jazz. I did go to Greece every summer, which is where my family is originally from, and I spent a lot of time in the sun on the beaches there. I have that Mediterranean olive skin, and I tanned well.