Who is skincancer-survivor.com?
At present, skincancer-survivor is a team of three. The survivor is my mother. She developed her first malignant melanoma on her forearm on a site that was previously a burn scar. Her second melanoma was found behind her knee, it was a mole that she had never noticed before. Maybe it had been there years, maybe just a few months.
My mother is also my 'editor' and regularly checks the quality of the content I write for errors and mistakes. Her qualification for this position arises from her 25 years of nursing experience as an RGN in the UK. Towards the end of her career, she specialised in care of the elderly and palliative care. During this time she also qualified as an NVQ Assessor (A1) and Lecturer. She brings with her a wealth of medical insight, along with the ability to de-mystify some of the technical terms and jargon that overwhelmes me.
To help produce the vast quantity of content this website commands, I am privileged to have made an acquaintance with a medical professional State-side who helps us to understand the subject of skin cancer from 'across the pond'. She has a wealth of medical experience and also gives us a helpful insight into the many institutions related to skin cancer in America. She has spent many of her precious hours helping me co-write much of the information contained here and researching information such as clinical trials and skin cancer treatments.
Lastly, who am I?
My name is Amanda and I was once a very scared daughter of the wonderful woman, my mother, who developed malignant melanoma.
My reason for writing this information stems from trying to find answers to the many questions we had when my mother was initially diagnosed with a melanoma nearly five years ago. We wanted to know why she had developed it and more importantly, what was going to happen to her in the months to come. Many of the websites we found told us something different. Although the internet can be a great help for finding advice on many topics, it also has a darker side where suitably unqualified persons have the opportunity to publish information that is both false and potentially damaging, especially on health-related matters.
Now a mother myself, and being in a high risk category for developing skin cancer due to my Irish descent and skin type, I fear greatly for my son's wellbeing. This has forced me to research and learn about how I can protect him from this life-threatening disease.
Please feel assured that it is our aim to bring you only fact-based information that is fully researched and checked before posting. If however, you feel we have made an unfortunate error anywhere on the website, we would be grateful if you could let us know via our 'Contact Us' page. We welcome any comments that can help improve the service to our audience.
Contributors from elsewhere around the globe are most welcome and help us to understand how skin cancer affects particular nationalities. Personal experiences can be featured on our site to inspire and inform.
If you would like any further information regarding any aspect of this website, please email skincancer-survivor.com via the 'Contact Us' page.