Alan Williams' personal battle with cancer

Skin cancer has been more prominent in recent years.

In just the last two years, it has been the number one killer in women in their 20's.

Growing up, WVLT Volunteer TV's Alan Williams spent a lot of time in the sun, and now, he's paying for it, having to get checked out at least once a year for lesions, some even biopsed.

Here is his story.

Dermatologist Meridith Overholt is on her way to see another patient, only this time, it's me.

"Hello, Alan, good to see you good to see you."

My semi-annual trip to the skin doctor means i'm crossing my fingers there's no skin cancer issues to deal with.

Dr. Overholt says, "Have you noticed any particular areas your concerned about?"

"A couple things I've felt and it itches here in the middle of my chest, one place on my hand that it will go away and come back."

After our family moved from Knoxville to South Florida as a then 9th grader, I spent a lot of time in the sun.

But now, I'm paying for it.

At least three biopsies have been taken in recent years for potential skin cancers, fortunately they've all been caught in time.

Dr. Overholt says, "That looks like a keritosos which is a pre-cancer which you've had before they show up red-pink, scaly spots hat are sensitive, irritable, and as you know about 10 percent can go onto because a sqauamus cell carcinomas."

Each visit, Dr. Overholt checks out my hands, arms, face, shoulders, even my scalp.

Doctors say 80 percent of sun damage starts before you're 18-years-old.

So, for some time now, i've needed have regular checkups.

"That's the type that easily admittable to freezing it, so we'll freeze that."

"It will blister up tonight, then turn into a scab, then peel off in a few days."

There was also a spot on my scalp.

But all of a sudden i was thrown this curve.

"Ok, now all right, found this little spot, didn't look to impressive, but as I come up to it, and I stretch the skin out suddenly it becomes more obvious and maybe a little basil cell. So very early small, but very possible."

The treatment, a numbing agent, then a scraping of the affected area for a biopsy to analyze to see if it is malignant.

"Melanoma is 500 times more common that it was in 1950, some of that is better detection and health care in general, but it's got to be it's gone up, and certainly able to think that ozone has something to do with it."

Thank goodness the biopsy proved negative, but prevention and early detection is the biggest key to it all, and of course, sunscreen is a must.


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