One morning, as land surveyor Ricky Sears, 51, of Milton, Fla., was getting ready for work, he noticed a tiny black spot on his stomach. Because of his involvement with the Pace Relay for Life for the previous two years, he couldn't help but wonder if this was one of those moles that can cause cancer.
Cancer doesn't just happen to 'other people'
Clairen Reese / Pelican correspondent • March 17, 2010
Pnj.com: If you're one of the lucky ones who haven't had a brush
with the "C" word, you probably think it's just something that happens to other
people. That's what Ricky Sears, 51, of Milton thought. For him growing up he
always knew about cancer, but it wasn't something he expected to hit home
"In 1992 my mom was having some health problems that lead to her going to the
hospital for testing," explained Sears. "A tumor the size of a baseball was
found next to her pancreas. The doctors told us it couldn't be removed because
of where it was located and that cancer cells were already in her blood stream.
She underwent the usual treatments, but on September 11th, 1993 she lost her
battle and went to be with the Lord."
Fifteen years passed and once again the disease struck
"One morning in November of 2008 I was getting ready
for work. I noticed a tiny black spot on my stomach. I thought it was just a
piece of lint or something, but it wouldn't brush off. Because of my involvement
with the Pace Relay for Life for the previous two years I couldn't help but
wonder if this was one of those moles that can cause cancer. To be sure I made
an appointment with dermatologist Dr. Scott McMartin." ...
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