March 1 2017
We all know Seattle Massage offers great benefits to clients, everything from physical to mental wellbeing, when a massage turned out to be a lifesaver, but I was as surprised as the physician. While giving my fireman husband that is athletic a massage that is relaxing, a melanoma was discovered by me on the underside arch of his right foot, the final location you'd be prepared to discover it. I started my career 15 years ago after many years working as a para medical professional in complementary and mainstream medicine. As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 19 years, I've performed CPR and other lifesaving plays in my own volunteer profession. Imagine my surprise when my husband's dermatologist told him that his life was saved by me after I seen something unusual on his foot. The site was really a four year old fire ant bite that had fixed, but changed suddenly. The discovery led to many operations and precautionary procedures to make sure that the 1mm thick melanoma has not spread to the lymphatic system. I, as many massage therapists and practitioners, take Continuing Education classes to keep licensure current, but the total amount of education I've received while accompanying my husband, in only one visit to UW Hospital in Seattle was as "priceless" as the Master Card commercial.
"Swelling of the supra clavicular lymph nodes are frequently the first hint of an issue within the lymph system of the body," according to Sydney R. Lillard, MD the surgeon working with my husband, at UW Hospital in Seattle, WA. She said, "Massage Therapists spend a great deal of time working in that general area together with the neck and shoulders. An interesting structure of the body is the fact that the right node drains only the top right side of the lymph, while the left supra clavicular node empties the remaining complete body. Swelling or nodules in lymph nodes warrants a physical examination and medical workup by a physician," "Just since you've got sunshine burned your ears, let us say, doesn't mean that is where a melanoma may grow. Melanoma is more inclined develop anywhere about the body and to grow in the event you have had more or one terrible sunburns in your life may. Sections of the skin that could have been injured are also potential melanoma sites."
What Exactly Is Melanoma? Melanoma is the most serious sort of skin cancer. But if it is recognized and treated early, it really is nearly 100 percent curable. But if it is not, the cancer can progress and spread to different portions of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be lethal. While it isn't the most common of the skin cancers, the most deaths are caused by it. The number of new cases of melanoma is estimated at 59,940; of these , 33,910 will be in men and 26,030 in girls. Melanoma is. The cells which produce the pigment melanin that shades hair, our skin, and eyes. The majority of melanomas are brownish or black. Nevertheless, some melanomas are skin-colored, reddish, pink, purple, blue or white.* In my husband's case it turned out to be a dark purplish brown, like that of a blood blister that transformed to black, and grew irregular boundaries rather rapidly. As a precaution, doctors performed a process called Lymphoscintigraphy or mapping of lymph nodes to make sure the Melanoma didn't spread to some of the closest nodes near where the melanoma was removed. In the outpatient surgery, he then underwent further surgical resection of the melanoma area, plus a skin grafting at UW Hospital in Seattle, WA. Our Facebook Page.