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Melanoma survivor speaks out, hopes to raise awareness

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MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

Stacy Revie is a Stage 3 Melanoma survivor. It's a tag she never expected for herself.

"To hear the word cancer, it's just a shock," she said. 

Revie, from Bevent, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. But her doctor caught it one year earlier.

"It was 2008, I had a suspicious mole on my upper back and didn't really think too much of it," she said. "My family doctor wanted me to remove it, but I really didn't think it was a big deal so I did not take it off."

But one year later, her doctor told her she had no choice.

"Then they sent it for biopsy and it came back as Melanoma," said Revie.

Doctor Agnieszka Thompson, a skin cancer surgeon at Aspirus Hopsital in Wausau, said skin cancer often isn't taken as seriously as it should.

"Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States," she said. "It accounts for more than all the other cancers combined."

Revie herself wish she took it more seriously, both when it came to reactive and proactive measures. She said she was sunburned a lot as a child, and frequented tanning beds when she was in her late teens in early twenties. 

Thompson said skin cancer is an accumulation of sun exposure over time, so it's more prominent in older patients. She recommends taking caution when in the sun by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, as well as sunglasses and protective clothing. 

Revie said she wears SPF 30 moisturizer every day now, and that she and her family are now very conscious of their sun exposure.

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