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-Paul Tergat, Kenyan
We Run For Those Who "Can Not"
|Please join us in our crusade to help fight cancer and to promote fitness by offering a healthier
lifestyle for everyone.
|Life begins with a Step. We venture along the highway until
we reach our destination.
Come - run with us and help fight Cancer along the way. Help us save a life.
Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma
accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority
of skin cancer deaths.
Like all cancers, melanoma develops when DNA damage in a cell
triggers genetic mutations that cause the cell to multiply rapidly and to
form new, abnormal cells. Melanoma, which means "black tumor," is a
skin cancer that begins in cells called melanocytes. These cells produce
the dark, protective pigment called melanin. It is melanin that gives skin
its color. Because melanocytes are involved, most melanomas are black
or brown in color. However, if the cancerous cells stop producing
pigment, a melanoma may be skin-colored, pink, red, or purple.
Melanoma can affect any area of the body. Men are more prone to
melanoma on the trunk whereas women are more likely to have
melanoma develop on the arms and legs. Though melanomas can form
anywhere on the skin, and they can also form in the eyes, mouth, and
genital and anal areas.
The American Cancer Society estimates about 87,000 new
melanomas cases in the US in 2017, with most of the cases in men vs
women. Unfortunately, the toll is also tough on these patients as an
estimated 9,700 are expected to die from the disease. The sad news is
that the rates of melanoma have been rising over the last 30 years.
Though there are treatments that help patients with melanoma,
including surgery, radiation, medications, or in some cases
chemotherapy, better options are always being explored by the medical
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