Melanoma and Bob Marley

I did not know Bob Marley had Melanoma I found this art at
Skin Revision.

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Bob Marley died from Melanoma 11th May 1981- age 36.

You may think this a strange post to appear on a cosmetic medicine site. Apart from cosmetic medicine a large part of my work is skin cancer detection. I have a personal interest in Bob Marley- the ring tone on my mobile is “no woman- no cry”, my three sons are all Bob Marley fans and for the last month I have had a Bob Marley compilation playing in my car put in by my 15 year old son-Louis. I like his music.

Regularly when I am doing skin cancer checks, and trying to explain to people their risks of melanoma, and drive home the point that it is VERY GENETIC, I use Bob Marley as an example. Bob had mixed heritage, so though he is Jamaican, he had English father (born in Jamaica of English family), and Indigenous Jamaican mother. As Melanoma is very genetic, though he had dark skin and did not fall into the classic category for predisposition to melanoma, because of his genetics (English) he inherited a predisposition.

You have increased risk of skin cancer if you have : • Family history of skin cancer. • Fair skin. • Red or blonde hair/blue or green eyes. • Ever been badly burned. • Worked out doors. • Allot of freckles or moles on your skin.

Robert Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and political activist. He is the most widely known performer of reggae music, and is famous for popularising the genre outside Jamaica. A faithful Rastafari, Marley is regarded by many as a prophet of the religion.

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