Baseball Hall of Fame Player/Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher Johnny Bench Talked Baseball & How to "Catch" Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Before it Advances with Bill & Mike
Johnny Bench, Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher, and Baseball Hall of Fame Player
How to “Catch” Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Before It Advances
Let’s Get Real About Skin Cancer:
An Educational Program About Advanced Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
Summer would not be the same without more time outside and days at the beach, track, socializing outside, or cheering on our favorite baseball teams and players at the ballpark. But unprotected and prolonged exposure to the sun’s dangerous UV rays, throughout the year and especially in the summertime, increases the risk of skin cancer and could be a strike against your health.
Overexposure to the sun is preventable, which is why sun protection and regular skin checks at home and with a dermatologist are essential.
Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher and Baseball Hall of Fame Player Johnny Bench spent 17 years standing, squatting, and running under the sun as a major league ball player. Eventually, the many years of prolonged dangerous sun exposure caught up to him. In 2012, at the age of 64, he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).
Of the roughly 2 million U.S. cases of BCC diagnosed each year, 95% are caught at an early stage and can be removed[i] like Bench’s case, before becoming advanced. However, in rare cases when BCC grows deep into surrounding tissue or spreads to other organs, treatments like surgery and radiation are less likely to be effective. [ii]
Today, Bench is cancer-free and a vocal champion for efforts to Get Real About Skin Cancer. Bench, along with Dr. Ariel Ostad, a leading board-certified dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon and skin cancer expert, will discuss skin cancer prevention to help people catch non-melanoma skin cancer in its earlier stages so they can receive appropriate, effective treatment before it advances.
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