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May is Melanoma Awareness Month

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In the past five years, TJ Johnson has been diagnosed three times with early stages of melanoma. 

"Reached out to Doctor Curiel and said you know? It  just doesn't feel right, I want to come in and get a biopsy, and sure enough it was an early stage melanoma," Johnson said.

Johnson is now using his experience to raise awareness when it comes to skin cancer prevention because he says  melanoma doesn't discriminate. 

"I talk openly with my friends and family on what I've experienced. If it can happen to me in can happen to you," Johnson said. 

"Skin cancer...You have the opportunity everyday of your life to look at your skin and find two things: what is new and what has changed," said Dr. Clara Curiel. 

Dr. Clara Curiel from the University of Arizona Cancer Center said there are 1600 to 1800 diagnoses of melanoma in Arizona each year and says now is the time to pay attention to your body before it's too late. 

"If you look at your skin and it doesn't look like anything else you have, then that's a red flag. This is when you need to consult with your physician,"said Curiel. 

For more information on skin cancer screening please visit: http://uacc.arizona.edu/
 

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