Stylist spots melanoma on client

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- It started off just like any of the other hair cuts Richard Weidman received throughout his life. Weidman and his stylist, Cynthia Black, were engaging in normal conversation when Black noticed an unusual looking mole on the top of Weidman’s head.

“It was raised, very dark and it had an irregular pattern and was weird shaped,” Black said.

Black encouraged Weidman to get the mole checked out by his physician. After a series of tests, appointments and biopsies, Weidman learned he had melanoma. He never knew the mole existed before Black said something to him.

“If it hadn’t been for her, who know how long it would’ve kept growing and growing,” he said.

Black said when Weidman called her to tell her about his melanoma, she realized she’s more than a hair dresser.

“It’s humbling to know you had such a profound effect on someone,” Black said.

Several skin graphs, surgery and a six-inch incision later, Weidman is now clear of melanoma. Now, he’s on a mission to encourage all stylists, beauticians and barbers to know what to look out for and to not be afraid to say something to their clients.

“Don’t be afraid to mention something to your client, it could save his or her life,” he said. “My barber did that do me and it saved my life.”

Weidman’s surgeon, Dr. Amanda McSweeney with the VA Hospital, said hair dressers or barbers should look out for moles with the following characteristics:
- asymmetric
- blurry or jagged border
- varying colors
- larger than a pencil eraser
- uneven surface or raised

McSweeney said Weidman is clear of melanoma since his surgery and his outlook is great.

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