FOX59 anchor shares skin cancer story to raise awareness

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2016) – FOX59 News anchor Zach Myers is publicly sharing his battle with skin cancer as a warning to others.

Zach says a few years ago he noticed a few red spots on his nose. The spots wouldn’t go away, so he visited his doctor. The doctor diagnosed him with basal cell carcinoma on his nose and two places on his back. Basal cell carcinoma is a very localized skin cancer with very little risk of spreading, but if left untreated, it can continue to grow deeper into tissue and cause real damage.

Zach was prescribed a topical cream called Zyclara which can kill the cancer cells. The cream killed most of the cancer cells, but it didn’t get rid of everything.

Last month, a surgeon removed two spots on his back, and on Monday, they surgically removed the cancer from his nose. Zach says the surgeon basically dug a hole out of the side of his nose, and then he removed a small flap of skin from Zach’s cheek to cover up the hole.

Zach says the doctors now believe the cancer is gone for good.

Zach says he’s definitely learned how important it is to wear sunscreen anytime he is outside. Doctors told him that heavy exposure to the sun when he was a child and over the course of his life may have contributed to his cancer.

“I hope sharing this information will impress upon others the importance of using sunscreen, wearing hats, and avoiding sunburns, especially parents who have kids playing outside a lot,” said Zach.

Zach is also advising everyone to not hesitate to visit a dermatologist if you’re suspicious of a spot on your skin. “It may not be a simple blemish; it may be more serious than that. Get it checked out,” says Zach.

We recently shared the story of a Greenwood woman who is sharing the same message as Zach after her post-skin cancer surgery pics went viral.

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