Why all this fundraising? Why all this running?
I love the sun. I love heat over cold. Some of my running friends disagree and prefer cold or rain. I know this man who goes to the North Pole to run as he likes snow. I know this woman who prefers to run in the rain.
I prefer to run in the heat and the sun. However, as the link to Melanoma fund will show, there is a darker side of the sun. This has to do with the where the sun will give us the relevant vitamines, it can also bring out cancer. As this website isn't intended to describe in detail the beauty or the beast of the sun, please follow the link to Melanoma. It is explained much more in detail than I ever can do.
So why did I choose Melanoma. It's a small charity and Harry Townsend who runs the charity lost his wife to Melanoma. So for him it is close to home.
Extracted from www.melanoma-fund.co.uk
What is Malignant Melanoma:
Although malignant melanoma is a comparatively rare form of skin cancer, it is very serious, and generally develops in the pigment forming cells of the skin.
1 in 1,500 suffered from melanoma in the 1930s: now it affects 1 in 50 with a very high death rate. It is one of the Diseases of the 21st Century.
It is one of the fastest growing cancers in young people; whilst there has been a rapid increase worldwide generally over the past few years, possibly due to depletion of the ozone layer, it is becoming increasingly common; and in the 19 years from 1979 to 1998 new cases increased by 164%.
There were 1640 deaths from the disease in Britain in 1999.
The earlier it is diagnosed, the better the chance of effective treatment.
Detailed information can be obtained from the Cancer Research Campaign web site www.cancerresearchuk.org and it is worth looking at their seven point checklist for suspected malignant melanoma.
If you have a mole that is changing, go to the doctor NOW: not tomorrow, or next week but NOW and you might just have saved your life