Kelly Bullard?s mother was diagnosed with skin cancer when she went to the doctor complaining of headaches.
?We didn?t find out until she had four brain tumors and then she lost her sight. It?s just huge, its one of most deadly types of cancer and fastest growing,? Bullard said.
According to Dr. Vinh Chung with Vanguard Skin Care Specialist, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with more than one million diagnoses every year in America.
?Skin cancer is an epidemic. It is the most common type of cancer, more than all the other types of cancer combined: colon, prostate, lung cancer,? said Chung.
Chung said early detection is key, citing the ABCDE?s of Melanoma. Chung said this is an easy way to spot moles that could be cancerous.
A ? Asymmetry: when one half of the mole does not match the other half. B ? Border: when the border of edges of the mole are blurred or irregular. C ? Color: when the color of the mole is not the same throughout; or when there are shades of tan, black, red, white or blue in the mole. D ? Diameter: when the mole is larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser, although melanomas can also be much smaller. E ? Evolution: when the mole changes in size, shape, elevation, or color; most normal moles remain the same for many years.
Chung recommends putting sunscreen on daily, and recommends using SPF 30 or higher to help protect against skin cancer.
According to Bullard, she did not take skin cancer seriously before her mother was diagnosed and now wishes she would have been more knowledgeable about the risks.
?I thought it was as simple as removing a mole and having a little scar when you?re 40, no big deal. I?d still rather be tan,? Bullard said.
Now Bullard explains she wants to prevent others from making this same, deadly mistake.
Bullard started the Fight Against Melanoma Research and Education Foundation, and is hoping to raise awareness about the disease. Bullard said she want to educate teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning and explain to them the long-term consequences.
?It?s not worth it. It?s not worth being tan especially when you can get a fake tan in a bottle,? said Bullard.
Bullard is working to raise money for her foundation, in hopes of attaining nonprofit status.
Learn more about Bullards Foundation and skin Cancer by visiting their Facebook page here here.