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We all know Seattle Massage offers great advantages to customers, everything from physical to mental wellbeing, but I was surprised as the doctor, when a massage turned out to be a lifesaver. While giving my firefighter husband that is fit a massage that is relaxing, a melanoma was found by me on the bottom arch of his right foot, the last location you would be prepared to discover it. I started my career 15 years ago after many years working as a paramedical professional in mainstream and complementary medicine. As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 19 years, I've performed CPR and other lifesaving maneuvers in my own volunteer career. Imagine my surprise when my husband's dermatologist told him after I spotted something strange on his foot that I saved his life. The website was actually a four year old fire ant sting that had cured, but altered unexpectedly. The discovery led to many operations and precautionary procedures to ensure that the 1mm thick melanoma has not spread to the lymphatic system.

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"Swelling of the supra clavicular lymph nodes in many cases are the first indication of an issue inside the lymph system of the body," according to Sydney R. Lillard, MD the surgeon working with my husband, at UW Hospital in Seattle, WA. She said, "Massage Therapists spend lots of time working in that general area with all the neck and shoulders. An appealing physiology of the body is while the left supra clavicular node drains the remaining complete body, the fact that the right node drains only the upper right side of the lymph. Swelling or nodules in lymph nodes warrants a physical examination and medical workup with a doctor," "Only since you've got sunshine burned your ears, let's say, does not mean that is where a melanoma may grow. Melanoma is more inclined develop anywhere about the body and to develop if you have had one or more bad sunburns in your life may. Areas of the skin that may have already been injured are also possible melanoma sites." My husband, fair haired avid outdoorsmen, always wears SPF 50, so this was news to us.

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What Exactly Is Melanoma? Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. However, if it's understood and treated early, it truly is almost 100 percent curable. But the cancer spread and can progress to other elements of the body, where it becomes difficult to treat and could be lethal if it is not. While it's not the most frequently seen of the skin cancers, the most deaths are caused by it. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007, there will be 8,110 fatalities, 5,220 in men and 2,800 in women in the U.S. The number of new cases of melanoma is estimated of; at 59,940 these in women. in men and 26,030, 33,910 will be Melanoma is a malignant tumor that originates in melanocytes. The cells which produce the pigment melanin that shades hair, our skin, and eyes. Many melanomas are black or brownish. Nevertheless, some melanomas are skin-coloured, white, red, purple, blue or pink.* Inside my husband's case it turned out to be a dark purplish brown, like that of a blood blister that changed to black, and grew unusual boundaries quite rapidly. As a precaution, doctors performed a process called Lymphoscintigraphy or mapping of lymph nodes to ensure the Melanoma didn't spread to the closest nodes near where the melanoma was removed. In the outpatient operation, then he underwent further surgical resection of the melanoma area, and also a skin grafting at UW Hospital in Seattle, WA. Our Facebook Page.