n Clare’s memory, her husband whom she married 1.5 year ago, and her loved ones are doing their best to create awareness about how Clare died by creating the Clare Daly Foundation.
Moreover, they want to help people be better aware of their own bodies than what doctors tell them, because Clare was suffering from one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer in the world and did not get effectively diagnosed earlier on.
Around three years ago, Clare noticed a suspicious mole on her left shoulder and had it removed because the tests showed that it was a malignant melanoma. Since it was caught in the earlier stages, it could be successfully treated, as opposed to being discovered in its late stages.
So Clare recovered and lived on after that.
However, she suddenly complained about an ache in her left shoulder again and noticed a little lump exactly where the removed mole was. So she began visiting doctors for the next four months, but they all brushed it off as a muscle injury.
But by the end of those months, she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, by which time, had spread to her lungs and lymph nodes.
The skin cancer was silent, it had no mole or mark to show for it but part of the lump was surgically taken out, the rest of it, however, was aggressive and could not be saved.
Although Clare used sun beds when she was a teen, she was always aware and made sure to cover up from being exposed to too much sun as an adult.
She was loved by everyone that knew her and so, her family wanted to show how deadly and vicious melanoma is once it spreads.
Melanoma usually shows itself in the form of moles or marks that are visible but taking the appearance of muscle aches are very rare.
It is just as rare for a malignant melanoma spot once removed in the earlier stages to actually continue to develop further. Although a small cell left behind is usually enough to metastasize into a full-blown cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is one of the most common cancers affecting young women than men. Studies say that approximately 76000 new cases are expected in the US and that close to 10,000 people will lose their loves from it.
So here are some things to look out for: -Always protect your skin when you’re in the sun, whether it is for a long or short period of time.
Keep your time on indoor tanning beds to a minimum as new studies suggest that it could also cause melanoma.
If you spot a mole or spot on your body, watch if it changes or looks different from what it did. If so, show it to a doctor that instant.
To better understand how to spot a potential melanoma mole or spot, watch out for these ABCDEs.
(A)symmetry: One side of the mole does not look like the other side of the mole.
(B)order: The mole or spot does not have a set border or outline, its either smudged or rough on the edges.
(C)olor: The color gradient of the mole or spot is different from one area to another, i.e. one side is tan then white or red or even blue or a lighter tone.
(D)iameter: The size of a melanoma spot is not larger than an unsharpened pencil head, in fact it can be smaller than that.
(E)volving: The spot or mole is an odd looking one or different compared to the other moles you may have be it in size, shape or even color. Moreover, if they itch or bleed, show it to a dermatologist immediately.
Recent studies have said that there is no direct link to the number of moles you have to your melanoma risk, in fact most melanoma patients had fewer or close to no moles or spots.
Likewise, if you have ever had a melanoma or related spot like that removed, do consult a doctor if you notice any changes in color near the scar or if it looks odd to you.
Also make sure to get yourself and the mole tested for maturity after they are removed so you know if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or not.
Overall, if your doctors are constantly brushing aside what you have to say such as persistent pain, more lumps or spots, be determined and keep talking to them about it till they give you a proper diagnosis.
This is your body, so you need to learn and know what is consistent and inconsistent with the symptoms, your own sensations and even the doctor’s diagnosis. Do not be afraid to challenge it and get the evidence you need.