Preventing Melanoma: Advice from an Expert and a Survivor

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Melanoma, unlike other skin cancers, has the potential to spread to other parts of the body. In this Patient Power program, hear from a melanoma specialist, Dr. David Byrd, who is Chief of Surgical Oncology and Co-Director of the Melanoma Center at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. You will also hear from Katie Bunker, a high school student who was diagnosed in middle school with melanoma that had spread to her lymph nodes.

Katie talks to host Andrew Schorr about her diagnosis, her treatment and how it has all affected her. She was in seventh grade when she noticed a bug bite that didn't go away. What looked like a bite turned out to be stage-III melanoma, a disease she had never heard of. Katie is now the junior class president at Cedarcrest High School, and also participates in school activities ranging from track to dance. You can view Katie’s Powerful Patient video here.

Melanoma is the most worrisome skin cancer, because it often shows up as a skin cancer, but spreads to other parts of the body. Dr. Byrd helps us understand what we should be doing to prevent melanoma, including prevention methods to teach our children, such as what to look for when shopping for sunscreen. He also describes what a cancerous skin condition looks like so you’ll when to get something checked out by a doctor. Learn about new treatments and research, and why treating melanoma is different, and sometimes more difficult, than treating other cancers.

Katie says that her melanoma diagnosis has given her a purpose in life, as she speaks out about her experiences and helps others with cancer to deal with diagnosis and treatment. Listen to this show to hear Katie Bunker’s inspiring story, as well as Dr. Byrd’s expert advice on skin cancer prevention and treatment.

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Produced in association with and Melanoma Research Foundation

Transcript

Andrew Schorr:

We're live on AM570 KVI. Imagine if you had what looked like a bug bite on your arm or your child had that on their forearm and it didn't go away. Well, probably it's not something serious, but you're going to meet a young lady where it was something serious, melanoma, and hear her inspiring story. It's all coming up next on Patient Power on KVI. Stay with us.

Hello, and welcome to Patient Power live on AM570 KVI. I'm Andrew Schorr. If you're out there driving right now, at least about Seattle, drive slowly. My wife and son, Eitan, are going to Sunday School. Good morning. Drive carefully on I-90 please. Wherever you are with us in Western Washington or maybe around the world on the Internet, thank you for joining us on Patient Power. I'm Andrew Schorr, and this is what we do week after week and on the Internet day after day on www.patientpower.info, connect you with leading medical experts and inspiring patients.

I want to talk about sports for a second, and you'll understand the connection. First of all, sorry for the Huskies, but next week will be a better day, but there was a football game up at Mount Si High School yesterday. It was so gorgeous if you saw the fall colors, and my son Eitan's team, Eitan is 10, played a great game. So congratulations to them. It was also where I was at a cross country meet. I am commuting to Mount Si all the time, and it was beautiful there with the fall colors, and my son Ari did great in a cross country meet, and so that was neat. So I'm very proud of my kids.

If you have a child in your family or a grandchild or your neighbor's child, maybe you're friends with them too, you can be very proud of their achievements whether it's in sports or in school, and you worry about them. You worry about their safety. It was homecoming for a lot of kids yesterday. It was for Ari and my daughter Ruth, and so we worried are they going to get home in time, and you worry about traffic and things like that, but what about other health issues?

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