The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2013

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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LIFESTYLE FIGHTING the GOOD FIGHT A skin cancer diagnosis can be devastating. The uncertainty that comes from living with cancer can be life-disrupting, and losing someone to cancer can leave a lasting void. But in the face of such challenges, sometimes a new path will appear. Linda Nagel, Bob and Lauren Manning, and Maribeth Bambino Chitkara, MD, have all been affected by skin cancer, but their experiences prompted them to become advocates for skin cancer awareness, bringing information on skin cancer prevention to their communities that could save many lives. Their courage and determination are an inspiration. LINDA NAGEL: Honoring the Memory Of Her Husband A fter her husband, Todd Nagel, was diagnosed with advanced melanoma in 2001, "He fought for fve years," recalled his wife, Linda. "We traveled the country so that Todd could try different treatments and take part in clinical trials. I believe — as did Todd — that these efforts extended his life." Todd lost his battle in September, 2006, at the age of 42; their son Ryan was just three at the time. After his death, said Linda, "I wanted to have a day to celebrate him, for people who knew him, and even people who didn't." She added, "I wanted to set a good example for my son. Though I couldn't bring Todd back, I could do 34 something to raise awareness about melanoma, so other people don't have to go through what we did." Her husband had loved golf — in fact, the Nagels lived on a golf course in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee, MN — so a golf ng event seemed like the perfect way to honor Todd's memory and raise funds for melanoma research. After speaking with Todd's oncologist, Linda chose The Skin Cancer Foundation to be the recipient of her fundraising efforts, and in September, 2007, the frst Todd Nagel Open was held. Today, about 100 people take part in the annual event, and the golf outing, lunch, and silent auction have raised more than $65,000 towards SK I N C A NCER FOU N DAT ION JOU R NA L

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