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Bob Marley was a youthful talent of music. He spent his days composing songs of reggae accordance, and performing for the world’s most welcome ears. Young Marley was born in St. Anna, Jamiaca, on February 6th, 1945. His father, Norval Marley, was a Jamaican of English descent. Marley’s mother, Cadella Booker, was a youthful Jamaican woman. Bob Marley was not condoled by the themes of Rastafarian culture until he met and married Rita Marley. She enhanced Marley’s spirituality, sensibility, and ability to comprise music from recurring Rasta themes. Marley lived until age 36, travelling the world with music in his mind. What was not known by anyone then, was that Marley had an advanced case of Skin Cancer, called Malignant Melanoma. Marley eventually died of this lethal affliction at the age of 36, after collapsing in New York City’s Times Square while jogging. He was pronounced dead several hours later in a Miami Hospital. The cancer he had ignored and neglected, had spread to his brain, lungs, and stomach. Marley’s father also died of Malignant Melanoma, though it was far before Marley had seen its effect. Malignant Melanoma is common among Europeans, and is thought to be hereditary in many cases. Even though Marley left this world promptly, his music strikes a feeling in our minds we have marveled for our whole lives. Bob Marley is unequivocally one of the most inspirational men of our time.

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Marley's face is often seen in advertising, and was one of the most photographed celebrities of his time


The Cancer:

Malignant Melanoma is the most serious type of Skin Cancer and is responsible for the highest amount of fatalities. This cancer is easily treatable at an early state, but becomes progressively grim as the expansion period grows. Melanoma starts in moles and some birthmarks as a mutation of a Melanocyte, or the tissue of a mole.


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Bob Marley was a staple of simplistic Reggae-style music

Symptoms:
1.) Change in color, size, or texture of a mole or birth mark
2.) Skin lesions with irregular borders
3.) Enlargement or negligent healing of an existing skin lesion
4.) Large brown spots with darker freckles
5.) Hard, dome-shaped bumps on the skin at any part of the body
6.) Soreness or tenderness of skin
7.) The negligence of hair growth on a mole

Causes:
People who are most at risk….
1.) Fair Skin
2.) Spend a lot of time outdoors or in leisure activities
3.) History of Sunburn
4.) Family history of Skin Cancer
5.) Many Moles
6.) Over age 40
7.) Large dark colored birthmark known as Congenital Melanocytic Nevus
8.) Pre-cancerous skin lesions, such as Actinic Keratosis (Bob Marley)
9.) HIV



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This disgusting skin fixture is a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus which became malignant
Statistics, or Epidemiology:

1.) One person dies every 62 minutes of Melanoma
2.) One in 55 people will be diagnosed during their lifetime
3.) Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25-29
4.) The survival rate of early detection is 99 percent, while more advanced forms result in a 15 percent survival rate
5.) The vast majority of Melanoma mutations are from Ultraviolet Rays
6.) An estimated 114,900 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in 2010 alone
7.) Melanoma is the fifth most common form of cancer in Males and sixth for Females
8.) Women aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing Melanoma than any other cancer besides Brest Cancer
9.) One or more blistering sunburns in adolescence more than doubles your chances of contracting Melanoma later in life
10.) Survivors of Melanoma are more than 9 times as likely as the common public to reform Melanoma
11.) Melanoma counts for less than 5 percent of Skin cancer patients, but accounts for more than 75 percent of deaths
Treatments:
Malignant melanoma treatment comes in a few forms. Depending on the progression of the skin cancer, the malignant melanoma treatment will vary. Being that some malignant melanoma end up effecting the whole body or specific organs, additional treatments and trips to the doctor may be necessary than a person with the first stages. part of the skin, a person will most likely notice it on the legs of women and the backs of men. These are the most common places you will find them on each. When the melanoma spreads farther, it is then considered Metastatic melanoma which will need its own malignant melanoma treatment. Malignant melanoma treatment has been on the increase as more people are finding out about he skin cancer and diagnosing it more frequently. Education on malignant melanoma and malignant melanoma treatment is good because there are many people that go every day having no clue they have a cancer. The longer the cancer goes undetected and not cured, the worse it becomes. It is known that if a person does not get a malignant melanoma treatment within the first year, the chances of survival drop from 90% down to 70%. This is quite a significant drop and reinforce why a malignant melanoma treatment is so important.

Hope:
Current research suggests that most forms of skin cancer are easier to treat than the majority of cancers. Malignant Melanoma, the type of cancer afflicting young Marley, is more dangerous, but more easily treated at an early state. Luckily Skin Cancers are much more easily recognized and treated in most situations, and will most of the time require little surgery to remove.


Conclusion Questions:
1.) Marley found himself constantly at motion. It is no secret that Bob Marley often travelled around the world to promote the development of his musical career. Marley was often in places of humidity and relentless heat, as he himself describes his activity to bring him to the most beautiful but hot furiously hot places on Earth. Marley’s home, in Jamaica, is a hot place, located rather close to the equator. Throughout his lifetime, Marley did not often visit the doctors’ office, because of his constant business and active lifestyle. Marley often neglected to notice the importance of his health, and shrugged it off until a lesion on his toe wouldn’t heal. Even in the face of a diagnosis, Marley would not follow with any treatment, as his Rastafarian culture promoted self-help.
2.) Marley sought no treatment. Rastafarian culture promotes the refusal of help from others, as it is believed that self exploration and spirituality is the only natural medicine.
3.) Bob Marley kept his entire medical identity a secret, and died without the knowledge of most. Marley never started any foundations for cancer.
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Confelli, Morris J. Marley: Young. Baltimore: Wroughtwood, 1991. Print.
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