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This will be a wake up call for everyone seven years after Atlanta Martin thought she had beaten cancer.
The mother of three realize that the small -- melanoma and it started as a birthmark on her lip.
Had spread to her liver she had seen doctors for years even had surgery but each time it wasn't fully removed.
And it died in 2009 at age 35 and now her family and friends from raising awareness for this deadly disease.
With this now is her husband Chris and doctor and a pavlik the co director of the melanoma program at -- -- -- -- medical center.
Good morning to both of you and it's a tough 18 accountants think about it before one.
And I appreciate you can help others.
Let's talk a bit about what Landis story ones we mention she had a beauty and her little.
Yes it was it was a beating mark that.
It was a beauty mark now animal in and when -- When she was pregnant with our first child it changed so and you know -- a -- changes you should always go get checked out.
So I I said go get that checked out and and she data and turned out that it was melanoma.
So we went back and had more surgery done to remove a bigger piece of of her let.
And all the tests came back that it was clear after that -- gone through.
With -- -- tests every three months than six months and then a year and she seemed fine after that and then eight years later.
She was not feeling well we -- back for more tests when she was having some stomach issues and that's we found that that had spread to her liver and elsewhere after.
It happened it was stage four and she passed away in 2009.
I know that that you senate's foundation now and you want to help other people and one way to do that doctor.
Is to let them sort of know the ABC's of what to look for for this deadly -- -- -- that.
-- week we try to inform patients that when you look at your -- and you should do on a regular basis that you look.
AB CDs include asymmetry.
And that's to make sure that all the borders are exactly the same on all sides if there's any abnormality.
That something that needs to be looked at.
He is borders begin the borders need to be sharp and crisp not Collie flower -- -- shamrock life.
C is color.
-- should be consistent color.
It shouldn't be multiple colors but -- can be brown or black but if you have a -- -- -- brown black red blue something that needs to be looked at.
-- Are just things again that don't belong there in -- evolution it means that if you were born with a birth mark.
And over time it changes -- -- increases in size -- gets -- -- it's something that -- also needs to be evaluated and -- you're raising her three children.
Yes who are now five and it's called 59 and twelfth and you've set up this foundation how can people more.
You can go to fighting melanoma with style dot org which is our website.
We're actually holding fundraising event tonight at the New York Stock Exchange.
They're still tickets available.
And -- you will find more information on the web site.
And it's it's.
It's our second our second fundraising and -- New York Stock Exchange and we're we're very proud of what we're doing and we just want to make people aware.
The dangers of this disease and -- a beast it is and an awareness is is the key because there treatment options are very limited right now.
Chris Martin and doctor -- Thanks for your time to.
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