The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

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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If a life well lived were a defense against melanoma, L. Charles DeVoe ("Chuck") would be with us for years to come. Chuck lived a life of almost impossible pro- ductiveness, of tireless contribution to sports, business, and society alike. But skin cancer is an equal opportunity destroyer: rich, poor, male, female, good, bad, or indifferent – ev- eryone is susceptible, and it took Chuck's life in December 2013, at age 83. Unfortunately, public education on the im- portance of sun protection in preventing skin cancer was virtually non-existent when Chuck was growing up. A fair-skinned athlete who logged countless hours on outdoor basket- ball and tennis courts, he was exceedingly vulnerable to skin cancer. 1 [See Common Sense Sun Protection for Tennis Players on pg. 63.] Picture a 10-year-old boy with very white skin and a passion for tennis, playing matches all day unprotected in the hot summer months in Indianapolis. Reportedly, Chuck's face was red with sunburn much of the time, with each sunburn multiplying his lifetime chances of developing melanoma. 2 Chuck's very excellence in the sport guaranteed him a life of continual outdoor exposure and sun damage. By age 18, he was the #10 ranked US singles player in his age group, and he went on to become a cham- pion at Princeton University in the early 1950s. He never lost a singles or doubles match in all his years at the school. As if that weren't enough, he also captained the Princeton Basketball team, being named to the All-Ivy League Team. But tennis was his greatest love insports, and it would play a key role for him through- out his life. Playing his last match for Princ- eton in 1952, he went on to compete in the U.S. Open at Forest Hills several times throughout the 1950s, once extending the eventual champion to five sets. Incredibly, his game seemed only to improve with age. In a legendary match at the Western Tennis Championship in Indianapolis in 1966, now a 37-year-old businessman past any athlete's prime, Chuck upset 22-year-old Wimbledon quarterfinalist Charles Pasarell 6-2, 9-7, to the delight of cheering family and friends. At the Figure 1 (L-R) Chuck DeVoe, Vice-President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Jim Baker, and Gil Bogley (Chuck's Princeton tennis teammate), following a doubles match at the White House. Figure 2 Chuck DeVoe and his wife, Jody, shared great tennis memories from around the world. 61

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