Man shares his skin cancer survival story

Man shares his skin cancer survival story

Rodney Frizzell says every day is a battle.

"i'm always on edge because of the skin cancer, it scares you, it's a scary thing," said Frizzell.

It's something he's had since he was 10 years old.

"When i first started getting the spots, it started on my head," said Frizzell.

He is now in his 50's and retired, and he's had more than 600 spots cut off his skin.

He's got scars on his back and chest, and his arm and hand are now amputated.

"Once it's in your system, it travels, and i think the best thing is to take the precautions," said Frizzell.

He says growing up he used to spend a lot of time in the sun without the proper protection.

He also takes medication that makes him more suspeptible to the sun's damaging rays.

"For those of us who are out just on our daily activities, we need sun screen, protective sun block, maybe an spf 45, 50 or higher," said Doctor Debra Ann Reilly of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Reilly says whether your young or old, it's always important to watch for strange moles on your skin, and have a doctor check them out.

Frizzell says when he's outside, he wears sun screen, breathable, protective clothing, a hat and sun glasses.

"I am scared that these skin cancers keep coming," said Frizzell. "I eventually think it'll catch up with me, but in the mean time, it's not going to stop me now, you know. I don't want anyone else to go through it."

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation in New York, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

It's also one of the most preventable and treatable when caught early.

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