Jimmy Buffet’s Death Serves as Warning to Jersey Shore Visitors
The death of Jimmy Buffet this week, came as a surprise to his fans. However, Buffet has been ill for several years.
TMZ is reporting that Buffet was diagnosed with skin cancer 4 years ago, and that skin cancer morphed into Lymphoma. They're reporting that it was the lymphoma that caused his death.
It's difficult to ignore the irony of Jimmy Buffet, Mr. Sunshine and Beach icon, getting skin cancer.
Skin cancer is preventable. Yet many of us, still don't take it seriously. Face it, we love our tans, and there's something about laying on the hot sand, soaking in the rays that brings a sense of calmness to our hectic lives.
Let Buffet's death serve as a reminder that skin cancer is a real threat, and its avoidable.
Here's some stats to think about.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association,
- Skin Cancer is the number 1 cancer in America.
- 1 in 5 Americans will contract skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Skin Cancer doesn't discriminate. White, Black, Latino, Asians, Men and Women are all at risk.
The good news is that when detected, and treated early, the survival rate is quite high.
It feels like as I get older, I add more doctors to my schedule. A few weeks ago, at my family's urging, I went to visit a dermatologist for the first time. It was an easy visit. The doctor at Schweiger Dermatology looked over my whole body with a special magnifier.
The whole appointment took less than 15 minutes, and I'm not going to lie, I was surprised that she found nothing.
Regardless of where you choose to go, find 15 minutes to do it.
What to look for? The AAD says,
changes in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin lesion, the appearance of a new growth on the skin, or a sore that doesn't heal. If you notice any spots on your skin that are different from the others, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, contact a doctor