"Ask yourself:
'Can I give
more?'. The
answer is
usually: 'Yes'."
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan
professional marathoner
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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 community.
Facts about Melanoma
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