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Stamford mayor explains why early detection important after Melanoma discovered by doctors

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The mayor of Stamford announced on Thursday that he will undergo treatment to remove skin cells after a Melanoma was discovered by doctors.

Mayor David Martin said he will have the procedure next week. However, he is using himself as a chance to stress the importance of early detection.

“I think this is a good opportunity to remind people to get checked out if they see anything unusual on their skin,” Martin said.

Martin said he is “lucky.”

“I am lucky that I went to a dermatologist early who put me through all of the right tests and this was caught early. There is going to be a scar on my face until the surgery completely heals but the long-term prognosis is extremely positive,” Martin said.

After the procedure, Martin said he will be “fine” and it will not affect his work as the mayor of Stamford.

“The Mayor's message about prevention and early detection of skin cancers is an important one that is sometimes forgotten during the winter months. Sun exposure to exposed skins surfaces especially around the face, head, and neck where skin cancers are most common should be protected during the winter months as well,” said Dr. Henry Yoon, Physician of Record and Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford.

American Cancer Society states the rate of melanoma has risen over the past 30 years. There were about 76,000 cases of new melanoma expected to be diagnosed in 2016.

Officials with American Cancer Society said that people can prevent the exposure to UV rays. They recommended wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses to block UV rays.

“While not all cancers are preventable many are, and there are important steps we can take to help reduce the risks. Prevention is so important whether it’s eating healthy, exercising or protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Risk can be reduced,” said Ted Jankowski, director of public safety, health and welfare in Stamford.

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