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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Post Selfie Following Skin Cancer Treatment

Posted: Feb 08, 2018 4:07 PM Updated:

On Wednesday, Maryland Governor Larry, posted a picture sharing his progression in his fight against skin cancer

Doctors say that one selfie is spreading awareness on the illness. 

The governor has been quite vocal about his skin cancer and treatment, something Doctors, Anne and Erin Spillane say help spread awareness on skin cancer. 

"Skin cancer is actually extraordinarily common, so we don't always think about it but we really appreciate Governor Hogan bringing it to the forefront," says Dr. Anne. 

The Spillane sisters own and operate Tidewater Dermatology in Berlin, and they say they detect skin cancer in their patients, everyday. 

"We live in an area here on the shore where we see skin cancer at a rate that's greater than what we would see in another location,  because we have a heavier retiree population and we have a group of people out here who love the sun," says Dr. Erin. 

The skin cancer foundation says more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.

Virginia Loveless has precancerous cells and has been going to the dermatologists for the past few months. 

Loveless says the governor's post comforted her. 

"It makes me feel good that the politician, our governor, is making people aware of skin cancer --you know don't sit in the sun, it can be , you really don't know until you go to the skin doctor sometimes," says Loveless. 

The Spillane doctors say the biggest risk factor for skin cancer is UV exposure. 

They recommend patients apply sunscreen, whether they're inside or outside for healthy skin. 


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