By Detroit Free Press
Aug. 2–Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, hockey coach Red Berenson and retired football coach Lloyd Carr share another bond beyond the Maize and Blue that runs in their veins. All three have been diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
All three have been diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, the Free Press reporting partners at WDIV-TV Local 4 reported Friday night.
When Martin, whose hobby is sailing, was diagnosed, it occurred to him that if he was at risk because of his outdoors activities, others in the athletic department might be, too.
Martin, who had a spot on his face, asked Dr. Tim Johnson from the University of Michigan’s skin cancer program to have screenings for the entire department.
Berenson was stunned by the results.
“I never thought I had a problem,” said Berenson, whose sports season is indoors, but who spends a lot of time in the sun the rest of the year. Plus he has red hair, which is one of the risk indicators.
“But the minute I walked in for a screening by a professional, they knew right away,” he said. “And once they took a biopsy of the melanoma, they knew this was more serious. This wasn’t just a surface thing.”
Carr’s melanoma, on his back, was spotted a few months ago by his wife, Laurie.
“What’s scary is when I look back, to think that if she hadn’t seen that, this thing would have spread and it would have impacted my life in a much more different way than it did,” Carr said
Johnson said he wasn’t surprised.
“The number of new cases of melanoma is rising faster than any cancer in man,” he told Channel 4.
Having fair skin, blue or green eyes, blond or red hair or a lot of moles raises the risk. People should be aware of moles that change in size shape or color. If any of these factors are present, the best bet is to be checked by a doctor.
All three Michigan men still enjoy the outdoors, but they’re wearing hats, more longsleeves and long pants and sunscreen.
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