I wanted to send you an e-mail about the article that I read about your daughter in Cosmo Magazine a while back. My name is Joanna and I am currently living in Hawaii but was born and raised on Cape Cod as well. I am currently 28 years old and have been in Hawaii for 6 years now working as a scuba diving instructor.

I spend my days in the sun and also have very fair skin and natural blonde hair. I always knew the sun was bad for me, I never did the tanning bed thing but once I moved to Hawaii I became very careless about sunscreen and spend every day working in the hot Hawaiian sun with no sun protection.

I had NO idea I was at risk of Skin Cancer at this age until I read your article in Cosmo. Everytime the subject came up with friends we all kind of brushed it off and said “yeah we will worry about that when we are 50″. Once I read your article I became concerned because I had a mole on my stomach that I didn’t think looked good but never gave it any thought because I thought I was to young to get Melanoma. Even after I read your article I tried to put it into the back of my mind with the “it won’t happen to me attitude”. I thought about your article daily since I read it a long time ago and finally went to see a dermatologist last month.

They took off the mole that I had been concerned about and the biopsy came back as Melanoma. LUCKILY I have caught it at the earliest stage possible and I have one more surgery on Monday to go through and it will all be done with. It didn’t have the chance to spread anywhere and all I will end up with is a 5 inch scar across my stomach.

I wanted you to know that your story about your daughter saved my life. I had NO idea I could get skin cancer at such a young age and never would of gone to the Dermatologist if I hadn’t read your story. It probably would of been to late by the time I finally caught it in 5 or 10 years down the road.

Thank you for sharing your story, and I hope you know that you saved my life and hopefully many more to come.

Keeping you in my thoughts!

My best,
Joanna