Doctors tell us catching diseases early can make all the difference, and now they have a new tool complete that is having a positive reflection for those suffering from skin cancer.
Jim Hattaway is a nine-year survivor of melanoma. He's lucky doctors were able to treat him despite a delayed diagnosis.
"They never found a primary, which is what you call the skin cancer as it first forms on the surface of the skin. It had already gotten into my lymph system,” says Jim.
Now technology, called photonics, may help doctors detect skin cancer much sooner. Researcher Jannick Rolland says it works similarly to ultrasound.
"When you do ultrasound, you're measuring the time of the cancer being formed there," says Jannick.
This technique might have kept Rolland from needing a cervical cancer biopsy that could have been dangerous.
“It turned out that I was pregnant, with my first child, but I didn't know," Roland says.
Jim is also excited about the research.
“It will be a godsend because hopefully it will lead to persons like myself having their melanomas detected early, Jim says.
He's helping out by raising funds for research.
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