The Tragic Death of a Marine from Melanoma

By now most of you have heard about the US Iraq war veteran, Marine Corps Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez, who died from melanoma at 29-years old.

Unfortunately, his melanoma was misdiagnosed by military physicians in Iraq. Eight years later it cost him his life. This video from CBS is about 8 minutes long. It is graphic and poignant. You won’t soon forget it.

This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night. If you have a new or changing mole, a mole that is asymmetric, has irregular borders, has more than one color, or is larger than a pencil eraser in diameter, then make an appointment to see your physician to have it examined.

Melanoma is uncommon but can be deadly. It can be cured if it is caught early and removed completely.

See also: Skin Care Myths: It’s Normal for Moles to Change During Pregnancy

3 thoughts on “The Tragic Death of a Marine from Melanoma”

  1. AS A NURSE WORKING IN MEDMAL THESE TWO STORIES JUST MOVED ME TO TEARS. THEY HAVE GIVEN ME EVEN MORE INCENTIVE TO BECOME A PROSECUTOR. THANKS DR. BERNABIO FOR POSTING IT.

  2. I am a “new” melanoma pt. just had biopsy done on a red, raised, lump on my arm, No suspicions for melanoma. Have been followed closely since last year b/c of basal cell lesion. Do not ever think a change in your skin is OK. You are responsible for telling your doctor……………..

  3. @ann It certainly works best when doctors and patients work together. Thanks for sharing.

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