NFL Quarterback Phil Simms Tackles Skin Cancer
In a report given by Fox News, Phil Simms tells his story about his skin cancer and how the dermatologist probably saved his life. Having spent a lot of time outdoors during his life, he had developed cancerous and pre-cancerous spots all over his body.
Simms underwent several MOHS surgery procedures where they removed cancerous cells. During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Since his bout with skin cancer, Phil Simms has now teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology to launch the “Spot Me” campaign, aimed at educating Americans about their risk for skin cancer. The campaign urges men of all ages to make skin health a priority through regular screenings.
Only about 18% percent of all men go to a dermatologist for an annual skin exam even though 90 % admit they have become aware of the dangers skin cancer presents. Simms hopes, through this campaign, to increase the awareness even more and that it will encourage men to get examined.
Statistics show that skin cancer is on the rise and everyone is at risk. One in five people in the US will develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that 1 in 50 will develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Men over 50 are at greater risk of developing the disease than the general public. By age 60, twice as many men develop melanoma than women of the same age, and by 80, there are three times more men with melanoma than women.
The legendary New York Giants quarterback, Phil Simms, now understands the importance of getting screened. It most likely saved his life. Now he gets regular screenings and makes sure that his family, especially his 2 sons, does the same. Let his experience be a warning to all men – get your skin checked out at least once a year.
Dr. Marcus Goodman at Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Call and schedule an appointment today 770-754-0787. Dr. Goodman treats skin cancer patients from all over the metro Atlanta area including Alpharetta, Cumming, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Dunwoody.