Sharing a journey with skin cancer

Thursday, June 23, 2016

By: Jeff Ash


A diagnosis of skin cancer launches a journey that is different for each patient.


Troy Aikman, the Fox NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma in 1998 after he found a dark spot on the back of his shoulder.


Aikman loved spending time in the sun. So did Alexis Krusic, a Milwaukee County deputy sheriff recruit who was 18 when she was treated for melanoma on her right leg by Dr. Steven C. Schmidt, a surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic.


“Skin cancer is something that is on the increase throughout our country, and it’s been that way since at least the 1980s,” Schmidt said. “We’ve seen a real explosion in the frequency of skin cancer.”



Krusic’s journey with skin cancer led her to share her story. Aikman initially discussed his diagnosis, but otherwise kept it to himself for more than a decade.


“My melanoma experience was really personal and I wasn’t particularly interested in sharing my story past that,” Aikman told People magazine.


Aikman’s outlook changed after a friend died of advanced melanoma in 2009. Aikman, by then in his 40s, decided to speak out and raise awareness of treatment options for the disease. Now he’s a spokesman for the Melanoma Just Got Personal campaign.


Two melanoma diagnoses, two different paths.


BayCare Clinic’s team of plastic surgeons and dermatology providers offers safe, effective treatment for all types of skin cancer.


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