Rth. Doug Lamborn of Colorado urged routine skin cancer screenings on Monday after revealing he had undergone treatment for melanoma, which he said may have been sped up by the altitude of his condition.
The Republican lawmaker’s office said that after a recent routine check-up with his dermatologist, Lamborn had a biopsy of “a suspicious sunspot”, which was later determined to be melanoma, and was treated “without incident” .
Lamborn said in a statement that he has recovered from the proceedings and encourages everyone to take the time for these screenings.
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“I am grateful to my team of physicians and their staff for their professionalism and the excellent care I received during this process,” said Lamborn.
Lamborn pointed to “the mountain scenery we all know and love in Colorado, with its high elevation and abundant sunshine” as a factor that may have accelerated the “sun damage” to the skin.
“A skin exam by a dermatologist often only takes a few minutes, but it’s an essential part of identifying skin cancer at an early stage,” he said. “I encourage all of my constituents, young and old, to wear sunscreen and make sure they get checked regularly by a qualified doctor.”
Dr Reagan Anderson of the Colorado Dermatology Institute said in a statement: “Since there are more skin cancers than all other cancers combined, it is important to see a doctor if you notice any new or changing spots on your body. . ”
“A few minutes each month to examine your own skin along with an annual exam could save your life,” Anderson said.
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With the announcement, Lamborn’s office shared resources to reduce the risk of skin cancer, including a reminder that the sun’s rays “are reflected in sand, water, snow, ice and snow. pavement “.
Lamborn represents the 5th Congressional District, covering Colorado Springs and its suburbs. Colorado Springs climbs to an elevation of 6,035 feet. Manitou Springs, five miles west of Colorado Springs, is 6,320 feet. Further west, the towns of Victor and Cripple Creek measure over 9,500 feet.