Jay’s melanoma: It started with just a spot.

Being on the lookout for signs of skin cancer, the only spot Jay Silverman could see was on his upper right arm, about half the size of a dime. “I had always heard that if a spot changes shape or color, see a dermatologist,” he says. Lucky for him, he did.

The change Jay noticed led him to make an appointment with a dermatologist, who found two other pink spots in areas he couldn’t readily see, and biopsied all three. Two of the biopsy reports came back with a diagnosis of melanoma.

Jay, who grew up outside of Boston, describes himself as an “outdoors kid.” He spent summers on the beach and doesn’t remember being sunburned as a child, but he also doesn’t remember being slathered with sunscreen.

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