Guest Opinion by Taelor Anderson

Legislation could save Montana lives; reduce lethal skin cancer

January 26, 2019

My world nearly turned upside down when I was only 30 years old. It was supposed to be a routine doctor visit to remove a mole. A biopsy showed the mole was melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer. In fact, it was stage 2B. Cancer is not a word anyone wants to hear.

While melanoma accounts for only 1 percent of skin cancer cases, it causes most of skin cancer deaths. I had two surgeries and a year of chemotherapy to treat the cancer. For now, it’s gone.

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