Sharing a journey with skin cancer
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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.
To learn more, call 920-288-8240 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.
Steven C. Schmidt, MD, is a Board Certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Schmidt earned his medical education at Washington University in St. Louis and completed a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in General and Plastic Surgery where he also completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery. Dr. Schmidt offers complete plastic, cosmetic, and hand surgery services in Northeast Wisconsin.