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Stamford Mayor Recovering After Surgery For Melanoma

Stamford Mayor David Martin is recovering from melanoma surgery on his face. Photo Credit: Contributed
Stamford Mayor David Martin is recovering from melanoma surgery on his face. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford Mayor David Martin is recovering well after undergoing several surgical procedures for treatment of skin cancer last week, his office said in a statement Thursday afternoon. 

“Mayor Martin successfully underwent several procedures for treatment of his skin cancer last week and thanks everyone for their thoughts and kind words during this time," the statement said. 

His office also released photos showing stitches on his left cheek after the treatment for melanoma. 

"The mayor remained in contact with staff throughout the week and was able to continue working on the budget and several other important city issues between procedures," the statement said. 

"The mayor is recovering well but does have a visible scar where the melanoma was removed and has not shaved as directed by his doctor. The melanoma has been removed, and he will continue lifelong screenings with his doctor.”

Martin announced last month that he had stage-zero melanoma and pledged to use his diagnosis to raise awareness for early detection of the skin cancer.

“I am so committed to this and becoming a spokesperson for melanoma that, in fact, I have melanoma,” Martin said at a press conference announcing his diagnosis.

At that time, Martin said he would undergo minor surgery with a local anesthetic at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York.

Martin said his diagnosis and treatment will not affect his work as mayor in “any way, shape or form.”

The melanoma was caught early and was very treatable, he said.

Martin said he visited his dermatologist at the end of last year for a spot on his face that started to appear irregular. His doctor conducted a biopsy and informed him of the diagnosis in early January, he said.

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer when radiation from sunshine or tanning beds trigger mutations, causing skin cells to quickly multiply and form malignant tumors. If it is treated early, “it is almost always curable,” according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Martin said he received some bad sunburns when he worked as a lifeguard in Kansas City as a teen. To prevent burns like his, he has taken steps to protect himself from the sun and hopes that others will do the same.

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