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Dorothy Jensen

July 18, 2013

Relay for Life
I became involved in the American Cancer Society back in 1996 mainly because my mother had died from cancer when I was 19 years old. When the Relay for Life started in Murray County 17 years ago, I thought this was a great way to raise money to help

fight cancer.

In January I got a call from Janet Voges asking me to be one of the honorary chairs at the Relay. My first answer was NO WAY. So many people have had such a long and hard battle fighting their cancer and mine seems so minimal. She said no cancer is minimal and just think about it. The next time she called I said OK.

I have had many basal and carcinoma cells burned or removed over the years. They were usually a reddish rough area. I had three spots biopsy in September 2012. My dermatologist called and said one spot was basal, one was carcinoma and then I heard the word-melanoma. This spot was a darker spot on my right leg about six inches above the ankle on the inner leg that my

dermatologist had been watching, but this time it looked like it had three pencil dots on it. She said it looked suspicious.

Because of the area they had to go quite deep and take a large circumference around the area as well. I was on bed rest for 10 days but did not need further treatment.

Early detection is my advice. My doctor, Stacy Slettum, told me years ago that my dermatologist would be part of my life forever. I see my dermatologist every six months and Stacy also checks my skin when I visit her for any aliment.

I feel so fortunate to have had such a great outcome. I will continue to be part of the Relay for Life organization in hopes that others may be blessed with great outcomes due to early detection, and I will continue to fight for the ultimate goal of a cure for cancer!!

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